Eight ESD seniors have been recognized by the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program for their outstanding scores on the 2017-18 PSAT.
Three students from the Class of 2019 have been named semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. Approximately 16,000 high school seniors were named Semifinalists, representing the top one percent of PSAT scores taken in 2017-18. These students will go on to compete for the National Merit Scholarships. Finalists will be announced in February. ESD National Merit Semifinalists were recognized in a special chapel service held Thursday, September 13. This year's semifinalists are Will Minnis, Annie Sawers, and Cooper Newsom.
Three additional students have been named Commended Students in the 2018-19 National Merit Scholarship Program. The Class of 2019 students qualifying for this honor are Sriya Dodda, Anisa Noor, and Maddie Tong. These students were honored in chapel on Tuesday, October 2. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2019 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the 2017 PSAT/NMSQT.
Atticus Cabrales '19 and Danny Kung '19 were also honored as National Hispanic Scholars for their participation in the National Hispanic Recognition Program. An invitation to apply for this recognition is extended to students who score in the top 2.5 percent among Hispanic and Latinx PSAT/NMSQT test takers. The National Hispanic Recognition Program provides national recognition of the exceptional academic achievements of Hispanic/Latino high school seniors and identifies them for postsecondary institutions. This year, this program is recognizing more than 5000 students selected from more than 400,000 students who took the PSAT/NMSQT.
Congratulations to our high-scoring students!