Seven members of Athens Academy’s Class of 2021 have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program based on their performance on the October 2019 PSAT/NMSQT. Congratulations to Kitty Fan, Kavya Menke, Alex Oh, and Katherine Woody, all of whom have been named National Merit Semi-finalists. As semi-finalists, these students represent the top 1-2% of the highest scoring seniors across the country.
In addition, three seniors have been recognized as National Merit Commended Students, representing the top 3-4% of the highest scorers across the country. Congratulations to Sarah Collins, Ben Cuneo, and Edward Nichols.
The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). Of the 1.4 million entrants, some 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT® Selection Index scores (critical reading + mathematics + writing skills scores) qualify for recognition in the National Merit® Scholarship Program.