Student Accomplishments

Siemens Research Competition: 2017 Semi-Finalists

October 20, 2017
By Admissions Office

From the Siemans' Foundation website: 

The Siemens Competition is the nation’s premier competition in math, science and technology for high school students.  Every year, students submit innovative individual and team research projects to regional and national levels of competition as they vie for college scholarships ranging from $1,000 up to $100,000. The Siemens Competition honors the best and brightest students for their accomplishments in math and science – students who are changing the world for the better.

This year, out of the more than 1860 projects submitted, 491 students are being recognized as semi-finalists. This select group of students and their notable projects are judged to determine who advances on to 6 regional competitions held in November. Individual and team winners of the regional contests earn the opportunity to compete in the National Finals held at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in December where $500,000 in scholarships will be awarded, including two top prizes of $100,000.

The prize, launched by the Siemens Foundation in 1999, was established to increase access to higher education for students who are gifted in STEM and is based on the culture of innovation, research, and educational support that is the hallmark of Siemens.  This competition seeks to recognize and build a strong pipeline for the nation’s most promising scientists, engineers and mathematicians.

Congratulations to these students and their outstanding accomplishments.

2017 senior, Allen W. placed as a semi-finalist for the Siemans Research Competition, as one of the 80 students from California. It is very exciting to see our students doing independent research, and being awarded for their efforts. Allen has expressed his gratefulness to his teachers and counselors at FCS, and is very excited for placing as semi-finalist. 

We are so proud of you, Allen! You are paving the way for future FCS students with similar interests.

View the 2017 Semi-Finalists list here - find Allen's name highlighted on page 2!

FCS Seniors and the 2017 National Merit Program

March 29, 2017
By Admissions Office

Congratulations to Leon W., Daniel F., and Jocelyn S. on your accomplishments in the 2017 National Merit Program! These three students, part of our 63 student senior class, are in the top 4% of the nation.

In October 2015, students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)—a test which serves as an initial screening of approximately 1.6 million juniors each year—and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.

Commended - Jocelyn  S.

Of more than 1.6 million students who sat for the PSAT test in October, only 34,000 received the honor of being named National Merit Commended. 

Semi-Finalist - Daniel F.

Of more than 1.6 million students who sat for the PSAT test in October, only 16,000 received the honor of being named National Merit Semi-Finalist. 

Finalist - Leon W.

Of more than 1.6 million students who sat for the PSAT test in October, only 15,000 received the honor of being named National Merit Finalist. 

Daniel has been with FCS since 2015, while Jocelyn and Leon both qualify as 13 year students. Jocelyn started in 2004, and Leon has been with Fremont Christian School since 2002.

2017 National Merit Semi-Finalists

September 14, 2016
By Admissions Office

Congratulations to Leon W. and Daniel F. on becoming 2017 National Merit Semi-Finalists!

In becoming Semifinalists, they have completed the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarships Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

To earn the Finalist title, Leon and Daniel each must have an outstanding academic record throughout his high school career, be endorsed by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm his earlier performance on the qualifying test. 

Below is an excerpt: 

National Merit Scholarship Corporation: Announcement

Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competitions for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that 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. About 90% 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. 

Steps in the 2017 Competition

About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,00 high schools entered in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarships Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. 

To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and his or her school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalists's academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student's earlier performance on the qualifying test.

From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February, the will be notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference. 

Learn more at

Again, congratulations to Leon and Daniel for becoming Semi-Finalists! 

Your school is rooting for you both as you continue your hard work toward earning the Finalist title.


American Legion Delegates

March 21, 2016
By Admissions Office

Congratulations to Dillon O., Eric D., and Amanda M. on being selected by the American Legion as delegates for the 2016 Boys' and Girls' State! 

The Boys' and Girls' State delegates are interviewed and chosen by the American Legion on the basis of essays, resumes, GPA, moral character, leadership ability, academic scholarship, interest in current events and politics and recommendations of school administrators.  Boys' and Girls' State delegates represent the top 1% of California juniors. 

Dillon, Eric, and Amanda will represent Alameda County and travel this summer to join the other delegates from California to experience the practical operation of state and local government. 


Young Writers Essay Contest Awards

March 15, 2016
By Admissions Office

Congratulations to our Keren G. (10)! She has placed second in the Young Writer Essay Contest, sponsored by Fremont Area Writers Club. 

Essay topics were on "My Life in the East Bay." Each author was judged for content, creativity and individuality, organization, and grammar and punctuation. Winners were featured in the March 15th Tri-City Voice, with comments from the contest coordinator, Liz Breshears: "The judges praised the creativity and diversity of content shown by this year's entrants."

Way to go, Keren! Your school is so proud of you.

To read the archived version of the Tri-City Voice article, click here. 

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