Two Seniors Named National Merit Finalists
Congratulations to seniors Elizabeth Macksey and Katherine Nurminsky, who have been named National Merit Finalists by the College Board!
In total, 11 members of the Class of 2017 were recognized by the National Merit Program and the College Board as either Commended Scholars, National Merit Semifinalists/Finalists or National Hispanic Scholars. Bryn Mawr is the only girls' school in the Baltimore area represented in the National Merit competition this year at the Semifinalist/Finalist level.
Macksey and Nurminsky were named National Merit Semifinalists in the fall. As Finalists, they are eligible to receive two of the 7,400 National Merit Scholarships available. Seven other students — Christine Blackshaw, Rachel Bogin, Natasha Dada, Nyx Deane-Polyak, Claire Dunbar, Maddy Unger and Anna Wu — were named Commended Scholars. Finally, Alex McComas and Sophia Yazigi were named National Hispanic Scholars.
The National Merit Scholarship program is open to all high school students who complete the PSAT/NMSQT by the close of their junior year. More than 1,600,000 students take the test each year. This year, the top 50,000 — only 3.5 percent of all test-takers — qualified for National Merit acknowledgment. Sixty-eight percent of those students were subsequently named Commended Scholars, while the 16,000 highest-scoring students went on to compete for scholarships as National Merit Semifinalists. From those, less than half were selected as finalists.
To achieve recognition as a National Hispanic Scholar, a student must be of Hispanic descent and score in the top 5,000 of the approximately 124,000 students taking the PSAT/NMSQT. Institued by the College Board in 1983, the goal of the National Hispanic Scholars program is to identify outstanding Hispanic high school students.