Seguin High School’s McDowall named National Merit Semifinalist

Michael “Andy” McDowall, a Seguin High School senior, is a semifinalist in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program.


The honor is a result of Andy’s 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test scores that place him in an elite group, representing less than one percent of all U.S. high school seniors. The semifinalists represent the highest-scoring entrants in each state.


A Seguin ISD student since fourth grade, Andy is actively involved in the Navy JROTC program as an operations officer. He has participated in Destination Imagination for eight years and competed in the Global event three times. He is a member of the National Honor Society, serves as parliamentarian for Business Professionals of America and does lights for Matador Theatre Troupe 5897. He spends his spare time with Gonzales Boy Scout Troop 262.


After graduating Seguin High School in June, Andy plans to study computer science at an Ivy League university.


“Andy’s National Merit Semifinalist achievement is truly well deserved. He is an outstanding, well-rounded student who has demonstrated academic success across the board during his Seguin High School career. We are proud of Andy for earning this prestigious honor,” said Dr. Hector Esquivel, Seguin High School principal.


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 across the country, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the finalist level in February.


Andy’s parents are Thomas and Kristin McDowall of Seguin.


Seguin High School is one of two Guadalupe County high schools with a National Merit Semifinalist student.