DHS senior named National Merit Semifinalist

D'Iberville High senior named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

Walk along the rotunda of D’Iberville High, and you will see Tuong Tran’s name posted on a number of banners.  One of the banners showed that Tuong made a 32 on his ACT.  Now, this 17-year-old senior can add another honor to his list of achievements. 

Tuong learned this week that he has been named a Semifinalist in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. Another student, Luke Sauls of Harrison Central High School, also made the prestigious list this year.  

The pool of Semifinalists represents less than one-percent of U.S. high school seniors. Out of more than 1.6 million high school seniors nationwide who entered the competition, 16,000 are National Merit Scholarship semifinalists, based on their academic performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. These academically-talented high school seniors now have an opportunity to compete for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million dollars, that will be offered next spring.

When asked about the news, Tuong said:  “I felt so relieved.  A part of me always knew I was capable.  I set high standards for myself, not only because my parents want me to succeed, but for the most part, because I, myself, want to succeed.  I do not want to be a financial burden; therefore, it is imperative that I do well.  I downplay successes, because I do not feel myself deserving of praise.”

Congratulations to Tuong Tran and Luke Sauls! The Harrison County School District is proud of these students' accomplishments and wish them both the best of luck!