Two Sapulpa High School Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists

SAPULPA, Okla. (Sept. 15, 2021) – Two Sapulpa High School seniors–Ruby Fargo and Alexa Farris–have been named semifinalists in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship competition.

Fargo and Farris received the prestigious honor based on their performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). National Merit Semifinalists represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.

“We are so proud of Ruby and Alexa for this outstanding achievement,” said Sapulpa Superintendent Rob Armstrong. “Their commitment to hard work is certainly paying off, and they each have a very bright future ahead of them.”

Both young women take rigorous academic courses and are busy members of Sapulpa Bands and Band Leadership. 

Alexa Farris is the daughter of Joy Farris and Jason and Heather Farris. She plays the alto saxophone, achieving ones in both ensemble and solo. She intends to major in psychology at college.

Ruby Fargo is the daughter of Shannon and Cherry Fargo. She has earned academic and band letters and plays the baritone saxophone. She plans to pursue environmental science upon graduation from Sapulpa High School.

The National Merit Scholarship Program selected approximately 16,000 students nationwide, including 88 in Green Country. These gifted seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered next spring.

Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level, including writing an essay, submitting a detailed scholarship application, earning SAT or ACT scores that confirm performance on the qualifying test, and obtaining recommendation by a high school official.

National Merit Finalists will be announced in February. 

Finalists will compete for three types of National Merit Scholarships: 2,500 National Merit® $2,500 Scholarships, 1,000 corporate-sponsored awards, and 4,000 college-sponsored awards for Finalists who will attend the sponsor institution. Scholarship winners will be announced beginning in April and concluding in July.

About the National Merit Scholarship

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) is a nonprofit organization that operates without the government funding that was established to conduct the annual National Merit program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and approximately 440 business organizations and higher education institutions that share the goal of pursuing academic excellence.  

About Sapulpa Public Schools

The mission of Sapulpa Public Schools, in partnership with the community, is to provide a premier education to ensure that every student achieves success in a global society. Sapulpa Public Schools proudly serves nearly 4,000 students in PreK through 12th grade. Under the leadership of Superintendent Rob Armstrong, Sapulpa Public Schools employs approximately 600 at nine schools, one service center, and the Administrative building. More information can be found at