Seniors Prisha Bhadra, Geetika Gopidas, Minju Lee, Kanchan Naik, and Saahil Sachdeva, were among the approximately 15,000 finalists announced by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
More than 1.5 million juniors from approximately 21,000 high schools across the nation entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants.
To become a National Merit Finalist, a Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and perform well on the SAT. According to the NMSC website, winners of Merit Scholarship awards are chosen from the Finalist group based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments—without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.
"We are incredibly proud of our five finalists," says Dr. Sabri Arac, Head of School at Quarry Lane. "This honor recognizes the dedication and passion for academic excellence of each of these students, all of whom are also, most importantly, kind and well-rounded individuals."
All five Finalists were named as Semifinalists, along with 19 Commended Scholars, this past October. National Merit Scholarship 2021 recipients are expected to be announced in Spring.