We are pleased to announce that eleven students from the Class of 2019 have been announced as National Merit qualifiers. They are Jenna Burns, Alejandro Gonzalez, Alexei Kiyan, Samuel Lewittes, Zachary Maizes, Nathaniel Mann, Jessica Markman, Joshua Marshall, Eitan Pessah, Jacob Sandler and Madelyn Wilson.
The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. To enter the competition students take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT). This year, out of 1.6 million program entrants and a selection index of 212 or above, these students are among the 50,000 highest-scoring participants in the nation.
Last year, the Class of 2018 had nine qualifiers of which three became finalists and two – Carlee Goldberg and Kenneth Lee were winners.
In early September, about 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, are notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists. Semifinalists are selected by state. To be considered for a National Merit® Scholarship, Semifinalists must advance to Finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and all other requirements. Approximately 15,000 finalists will advance to the finalists standing.
We are proud of each of these students for their commitment to academic excellence.