Garrett Garzonie of McAllen High School has been named to a prestigious group of national scholars.

Out of an initial pool of 1.6 million students, Garzonie has become one of the national Semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit® Scholarship Program, placing him in the top one percent in the country. Only five students in the Rio Grande Valley earned this honor.

Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program on Wednesday, September 13. These high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.