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24 Students Honored in National Merit Scholarship Program
Posted 10/04/2018 02:07PM

Twenty-four members of Providence Day School’s Class of 2019 have been recognized in the National Merit Scholarship Program as National Merit Semifinalists or Commended Students.

The program is a U.S. academic scholarship competition administered by National Merit Scholarship Corporation, a privately funded, not-for-profit organization.

The 7 seniors named Semifinalists are Ananyaa Bharadwaj, Gabby Carlino, Nicholas Edwards, Molly Firr, Sagan Gor, Joe Kerrigan, and Kaela McConnell. 


They are under consideration for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring.

Additionally, 17 PDS seniors were recognized as Commended Students, who placed in the top 50,000 scorers of the more than 1.6 million juniors who took the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test last spring.

The Commended Students are Chotoo Amin, Rhea Bhagia, Victor Chu, Jaiden Chuang, Nathaniel Friedman, Audrey Gelorme, Price Hardison, Julia Henegar, Alex Katz, Ingrid Koback, David Li, Richard Lu, Nikhil Mandal, Shreya Mantha, Scott Newmark, Jackson Sicard, and Molly Young.

"Along with the 7 Providence Day seniors named National Merit Semifinalists, the addition of these 17 Commended Students means that 17% of the PDS Class of 2019 scored in the top 3% in the state on last year's PSAT,” said Jack Whelan, PDS College Guidance director.

“While these students excel in many areas, this recognition is a real credit to them and their teachers,” he said.

Adding to the Class of 2019 honors, senior Nicholas Edwards was named a National Hispanic Scholar by The College Board, for being among the top 2.5% of all PSAT testers in the region last year.  

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