Department of Defense Education Activity

Five DoDEA Students Named Among 2018 National Merit Semifinalists

For Immediate Release — November 7, 2017 |

National Merit Scholarship

ALEXANDRIA, VA — November 7, 2017 — Five Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) students were named among 2018 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists this year by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has identified approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 63rd Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically-talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships, which are worth more than $32 million and 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.

The five DoDEA National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists are: 

Ramstein HS (Germany)

  • Justin B. Parvizi
  • David S. Worthington

Sigonella HS (Italy)

  • Junajoy V Frianeza, now a student at Kinnick HS in Japan.

Quantico HS (Virginia)

  • Patrick Kelley

Fort Knox HS (Kentucky)

  • William Hall

About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and about half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

Established in 1955, NMSC is a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds along with approximately 420 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goal to encourage the pursuit of academic excellence.

For more information about the competition, please visit NMSC’s website.

Using numbers of semifinalists to compare high schools, educational systems, or states will result in erroneous conclusions. The National Merit Scholarship Program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The program does not measure the quality or effectiveness of education within a school, system, or state.

DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for school-aged children of Department of Defense personnel who would otherwise not have access to high-quality public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, Western Asia, the Middle East, Cuba, the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Educational Activities throughout the United States that serve children of military families.