Seven Stevenson High School seniors were among 2,500 students in the United States be named National Merit Scholars on Wednesday, May 13. Stevenson‘s newest National Merit Scholars are Advait H. Deoskar, Dylan Y. Hu, Healey J. Kogan, Matthew J. Li, Kiran R. Mohan, Jasmine X. Wang, and Erin Y. Yuan.
Each will receive a $2,500 scholarship from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. They were among 52 Stevenson seniors who were named finalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. More than 15,000 high school seniors nationwide were finalists.
National Merit Scholars were chosen based on their combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors.
Scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the finalists and their high schools: the academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT); contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official.
This year’s National Merit Scholarship Program began in Oct. 2018, when more than 1.5 million juniors in approximately 21,000 high schools took the PSAT/NMSQT, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Last fall, the highest-scoring participants in each state, representing less than one percent of the nation’s high school seniors, were named semifinalists. Only these 16,000 semifinalists had an opportunity to continue in the competition. From the semifinalist group, some 15,000 students met the very high academic standards and other requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition.