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WFISD Celebrates One National Merit Semifinalist

WFISD Celebrates One National Merit Semifinalist

Rider High School Senior Caleigh Studer ranks among top 16,000



 Raleigh Studer

Caleigh Studer 


Rider High School senior Caleigh Studer scored so well on the PSAT test last year as a junior that she earned a title that has become synonymous with academic excellence. She is WFISD’s only National Merit Semifinalist in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.


About 1.6 million juniors in 22,000 high schools took the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Her achievement puts her among the top 16,000 test-takers in that pool of 1.6 million students.


She continues now in competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.  To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent are expected to attain Finalist standing. About half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship and earn the Merit Scholar title.


Recently, Caleigh made headlines for another academic feat. She made a perfect score of 36 on the ACT test. Her performance on that college entrance exam put her among the top 1/10th of 1 percent of its test-takers.


This year, Caleigh is the only WFISD National Merit Semifinalist. In 2016, WFISD had two National Merit Semifinalists: Rider’s Madison Carlston and Wichita Falls High School’s Clara Baker. In 2015, Rider’s Jacob A. Schrass was the lone National Merit Semifinalist.