On Tuesday, February 7, the Board of Education recognized the National Merit Recognized students.
The National Merit Scholarship Program is an
academic competition which began in 1955 for recognition and scholarships. High
school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary
SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test. These scholarships are
considered to be an important and prestigious award. Even students who qualify
and don’t win can earn honor and recognition and are able to use that to their
benefit when it comes to applying to college. National Merit Scholars are
heavily recruited by universities and some are given preferential treatment in
admissions, housing, and course selection. Many selective universities seek to
increase their number of National Merit Scholars. They may also receive
attractive merit scholarships.
some 15,000 Semifinalists are notified by mail at their home addresses that
they have advanced to Finalist standing. High school principals are notified
and provided with a certificate to present to each Finalis. Warren just receive notice and is proud to recognize the five students who advanced: Olivia Y. Chen, David H. Kang, Peter J. Kircher, Ryan D. Klemz, and Ruchira Ray.
Approximately 1.4 million students took the
test last October, and the National Merit Semi-finalists achieved this
recognition by scoring in the top 1% in the nation. Warren is proud to
recognize five students who achieved this honor and later advanced to finalists: Olivia Y. Chen,
David H. Kang, Peter J. Kircher, Ryan D. Klemz and Ruchira Ray-who all advanced to finalists.
Students who scored in the top 2% in the
nation are recognized as Commended Students in the National Merit Program.
These students do not continue in the scholarship competition, but are
recognized because of their outstanding academic promise. Warren recognizes 16
outstanding students this year: Arjun S. Arun, Alexander J. Bardi, Matteson H. Duncan, Samantha C. Gunter, Andrew M. Jacobs,
Anusha Jalasutram, Kinsey L. Jasnoch, Eric U. Jung, Sidhartha Kumar, Thomas Macheras, Brett A.
McCollum, Natalie L. McNally, Nathaniel J. Metz, Andrew C. Miller, Julian G.
Ruiz, and Kenneth M. Zimmers.
Approximately 420 independent
organizations and institutions sponsor more than two-thirds of the National
Merit Scholarships offered each year. All Special
Scholarships are sponsored by business organizations that also support
Merit Scholarship awards. ADP, Inc. is a Corporate Scholarship Sponsor. This year Warren is fortunate to have one student who
received this honor: Alexandra Berkowicz.