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Six ASMS Seniors Named National Merit Finalists

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Wyatt Aiken, Sara John, James Kim, Conan Lin, Joseph Sherrod, and Julia Taylor

According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, "High School students who meet published program entry and participation requirements enter the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) at the specified time in the high school program, usually as juniors. Each year's PSAT/NMSQT is the qualifying test designated for entry to a particular year's competition. For example, the 2023 PSAT/NMSQT is the qualifying test for entry to the competition for scholarships to be awarded in 2025. It is expected that about 3.5 million students will take the PSAT/NMSQT in 2023, and approximately 1.3 million of them will meet the requirements to enter this program. " (

Merit Scholarship winners will be announced in the spring of 2024.

Congratulations to these seniors and their families!

ASMS National Merit Finalists:

Wyatt Aiken, Baldwin County

Sara John, Lee County

James Kim, Jefferson County

Conan Lin, Morgan County

Joseph Sherrod, Mobile County

Julia Taylor, Baldwin County


NMSC: National Merit Scholarship Corporation, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 400 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.

ASMS: The Alabama School of Mathematics and Science is the state's only fully public and residential high school for sophomores, juniors, and seniors seeking advanced studies in math, science, computer science, and the humanities. ASMS is a research-focused learning community committed to innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and diversity with an aim to empower motivated Alabama students to improve their community, state, and nation. Tuition, room, and board are free. Learn more at

  • Feb 27, 2024