Class of 2021 Recognized by National Merit Scholarship Corporation

Class of 2021 Recognized by National Merit Scholarship Corporation

Winchester Thurston School is proud to announce 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.

The following students were honored as semifinalists:

Jacob Bair
Pablo Coen-Pirani
Martine Ferrency
Alptug Kaynar
Rajan Reddy
Christopher ‘CB’ Roman

More than 1.5 million juniors from about 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2019 PSAT/NMSQT. The approximately 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 $30 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); and college-sponsored Merit Scholarships (approximately 4,100 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.

The following students were commended for excellent academic promise:

William 'Beck' Buchanan
Laura Childs
Allen Gao
Emma Stewart
Mathias VanBriesen
Abhiram Yadagiri

Approximately 34,000 commended students throughout the nation are being recognized for their outstanding academic promise. These students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2021 competition by taking the 2019 PSAT/NMSQT.

Congratulations to all!