Winchester Thurston School is proud to announce those students who have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) for their performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) their junior year.
Honored as semi-finalists: Nathan Moss*, Jacob Beiriger, Tim Ganger, Griffin Gordon, Jonathan Hansen-Kemp, and Sophia Lebiere.
Commended for exceptional academic promise: Julia Bulova, Harrison Grodin, Elliot Hare, Lynne Irvin, Reilly Jackman, and Isel Pollock.
Over 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2016 PSAT/NMSQT. The 16,000 Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.
These academically talented students have an opportunity to continue in the competition for one of three types of National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million: the National Merit $2,500 Scholarship (2,500 scholarships awarded as a single payment); corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship (approximately 1,000 awards of varying amounts); college-sponsored Merit Scholarships (approximately 4,000 awards of varying amounts) for finalists who will attend the sponsor institution). Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
Roughly 34,000 Commended students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. They placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2018 competition.
*Nathan accelerated his high school program and is currently a first-year college student at Carnegie Mellon University.