CHARLOTTE – Ten members of Providence Day School’s Class of 2018 have been named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
The seniors are Ronak Bhagia, Adam Burke, Delaney Caldwell, Katlyn Gonzalez, Malkam Hawkins, Carey leech, Benjamin Meyerson, Vaibhav Pachalla, Saajan Patel and Kaela Sanborn.
They are among the approximately 16,000 semifinalists named in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program, a U.S. academic scholarship competition administered by National Merit Scholarship Corporation, a privately funded, not-for-profit organization.
“All of us here at Providence Day are so happy for and proud of our 10 semifinalists,” said Jack Whelan, college guidance director. “This recognition honors their strong PSAT scores, but every one of our semifinalists is also a standout in the classroom and various extracurricular arenas.”
Semifinalists are students who scored in the upper 1 percent of about 1.6 million high school juniors in more than 22,000 high schools who took the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test last spring. Finalists are selected on the basis of academic achievement, participation in school and community activities, honors and awards received, and leadership.
They will now continue in the competition, attempting to become among finalists and eventual National Merit Scholars later in the school year. They are competing for some 7,500 scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered in the spring.