• National Merit Scholarship finalists Ella and Daniel with Principal Steve McManus and college counselors Jessica Monterastelli and Sarah Carter


Friends School seniors Ella Filardi '19 and Daniel Mertus '19 have been named Finalists in the 2019 National Merit® Scholarship Program. Less than 1% of the 1.6 million students who took the 2017 PSAT exam during their junior year achieve Finalist status. As such, the college-bound scholars (Ella will attend Northeastern University in the fall and Daniel will attend Yale) are now eligible to receive one of 7,500 Merit Scholarship awards.

In addition to Ella and Daniel, the National Merit® Scholarship Program recognized 11 Friends seniors as Commended Students. Although these students did not advance in the competition, they placed among the top 2% of the more than 1.6 million high school seniors who took the PSAT in the fall of their junior year.
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