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17 RHS Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

September 24, 2021

Seventeen Radnor High School Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

 

14 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists stand in front of stage at RMS, while Board members stand and clap behind themRadnor High School seniors Natalie Anfuso, Deborah Armstrong, Preston Breck, Margaret Davis, Lindsay Feinberg, Sofia Floody, Eleanor Graves, Reese Hillman, Nathaniel Jean, Sebastian Kaper-Barcelata, Petros Karamanides, Hyeonjin Kim, Audrey Niedland, Justin Nourian, Prabhgun Oberoi, Anna Ramesh and Shreya Rupesh were recently named 2022 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The students are among 16,000 high school seniors from across the United States and are eligible for some 7,500 scholarships worth nearly $30 million.

High school juniors entered the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. 
 
To become a finalist, the semifinalist and his or her high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT® or ACT® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.
 
From the approximately 16,000 semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the finalist level, and in February 2022 they be notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of finalists. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.

The entire Radnor Township School District community congratulates these seniors on their tremendous accomplishment and wishes them the best of luck moving forward!

Pictured: Fourteen of this year's National Merit Scholarship semifinalists attended the September 21, 2021 Board Business Meeting at Radnor Middle School to be formally recognized by the Board (watch meeting). From left to right: Natalie Anfuso, Preston Breck, Margaret Davis, Lindsay Feinberg, Sofia Floody, Eleanor Graves, Nathaniel Jean, Sebastian Kaper-Barcelata, Petros Karamanides, Hyeonjin Kim, Justin Nourian, Prabhgun Oberoi, Anna Ramesh and Shreya Rupesh. Not pictured: Deborah Armstrong, Reese Hillman and Audrey Niedland.