Garrett Guion from Butler High School was among three CMS students who were named National Merit Scholarship winners. Guion will attend New York University next year. The other CMS winners were Emily Auerbach from Myers Park and Tyler Kroeschell from Providence. Auerbach will attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Kroeschell will attend Auburn University.

More than 2,900 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities were announced Wednesday by National Merit Scholarship Corporation.Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among finalists in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution.
These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. Another group of scholars will be announced in July, bringing the total number of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship recipients in the 2011 competition to approximately 4,800.
About 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools entered the 2011 National Merit Scholarship competition when they took the 2009 Preliminary sat/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (psat/nmsqt®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Last fall, some 16,000 semifinalists were named on a state representational basis, in numbers proportional to each state’s percentage of the nation’s high school graduating seniors. Semifinalists were the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represented less than one percent of a state’s seniors.
To compete for Merit Scholarship awards, semifinalists had to advance to the Finalist level of the competition by fulfilling additional requirements. Each semifinalist submitted a scholarship application that included presenting an outstanding academic record, being endorsed and recommended by a school official, and earning sat scores that confirmed the qualifying test performance. The semifinalist also wrote an essay and provided information about extracurricular activities, awards, and leadership positions. From the semifinalist group, some 15,000 met requirements for finalist standing, and more than half of the finalists will be Merit Scholarship
winners in 2011.