CHARLOTTE – Seventeen members of Providence Day School’s Class of 2018 have been commended in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
The program is a U.S. academic scholarship competition administered by National Merit Scholarship Corporation, a privately funded, not-for-profit organization.
As commended students, seniors Caroline Beason, Nicol Bless, Sophia Ceravalo, Abigail Chun, William Cohen, Alexander Constantine, Regan Cronk, George Duncan, Katelyn Groenhout, Kate Hader, Ryan Heffes, Eva Logan, Benjamin Long, Camden Nelson, Matthew Pierpoint, Jeselyn Sherman and Kiran Wheeler are among the 34,000 students who placed in the top 50,000 scorers of the more than 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools who took the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test last spring.
“Along with the 10 Providence Day seniors named National Merit semifinalists in early September, the addition of these 17 students means that nearly 20 percent of the PDS Class of 2018 scored in the top 3 percent in the state on last year’s PSAT,” said Jack Whelan, college guidance director.“While these students excel in many areas, this recognition is a real credit to them and their teachers.”
The 10 seniors named semifinalists in the competition to earn scholarships totaling more than $32 million that will be offered next spring are Ronak Bhagia, Adam Burke, Delaney Caldwell, Katlyn Gonzalez, Malkam Hawkins, Carey leech, Benjamin Meyerson, Vaibhav Pachalla, Saajan Patel and Kaela Sanborn.
With the commended scholars announcement, it brings to 27 the total number of PDS students honored by the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.