National Merit Scholarship windfall

Four Friends School seniors have been named Finalists in this year’s National Merit Scholarship Program. The students, including Joshua Brooks ‘17, Hunter Davis ‘17, Jackson Davis ’17 and Nick DeVinne ‘17, are among approximately 15,000 high school seniors, representing less than 1%, of the 1.6 million juniors from more than 22,000 high schools who entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).

In addition to the aforementioned students, eight Friends seniors, including Jonathan Keegan ‘17, Nicos Ledakis ‘17, Irene Lunt ‘17, Daniel Millspaugh ‘17, Jacob Present ‘17, Maxwell Rollfinke ‘17, Eric Scherer ‘17, and Kyle Spawn ’17, received Letters of Commendation from NMSC in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. These students do not continue in the competition, but represent approximately 2% of the highest scorers on the 2016 PSAT.

National Merit Scholarship Program by the Numbers
1,600,000 – The number of students who entered the competition by taking the 2016 qualifying test, known as the PSAT
50,000 – Number (approximately) of top scorers on the 2016 PSAT recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program for outstanding their outstanding performance. Of these 50,000 students:
16,000 are named Semifinalists and may advance to the Finalist stage.
34,000 receive Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise but do not continue in the competition.
15,000 – Number of finalists announced this month
7,500 – Number (approximately) of Merit Scholarships to be awarded beginning in early March and continuing through mid-June.
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