Trevor Otis Named National Merit Semifinalist
Saint James Senior Trevor Otis has been named a 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists, a prestigious honor awarded to approximately 16,000 students nationwide, from 1,500,000 entrants.
Identifying these academically talented high school seniors across the nation provides them the opportunity to continue in the scholarship competition vying for one of 7,600 National Merit Scholarships that will be offered in the spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. Approximately 94 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and approximately half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.
Trevor Otis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Perry Otis of Montgomery, entered Saint James School in ninth grade and has left an indelible mark – well in advance of his graduation. Through his years as a Saint James student, Trevor has embraced all the school offered as demonstrated by the many leadership positions he has held, his array of extracurricular activities, and his exceptional academic record. Serving as president of the Speech & Debate team, a student ambassador, a member of the marching band, and a member of the math team, Trevor’s schedule keeps him quite busy. When asked what advice he would give to a rising high school student, he said, “…ask lots of questions, speak up for what you believe in, don’t hold yourself back—do silly things with your friends, and don’t preoccupy yourself with what other people think of you.”
As a member of several honor societies including National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, French Honor Society, and Tri-M, Trevor embodies the foundation of a Saint James education—educating the whole child. Trevor shared, “My favorite part of the day is my AP Literature class. I love reading and discussing literature, and I enjoy the class focus on analysis and argumentation. I also enjoy my role in the marching band. I like the feeling of working towards a common goal as a part of a group larger than myself. And I am very appreciative of my role as president of the Speech & Debate Team. Speech has allowed me to find my own voice and has given me the confidence to express that voice.” When asked what his plans are for the future, Trevor said he would love to take all he has gained at Saint James and attend Rice University in Houston, Texas, “They foster an incredible sense of community and collaboration through their residential college system, they have high student quality of life, and they offer stellar academics in a vibrant urban environment.”
The prestigious recognition as a National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalist will avail many new opportunities for Trevor as he embarks on the next chapter of his life. This honor Trevor has received is very clearly and very richly deserved.
National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), 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.