Before March break, two St. Markers—VI Formers Rwick Sarkar and Matthew Walsh—were named as National Merit Finalists.
Since 1955, the National Merit Scholarship Program has recognized the top high school students in the United States. Each year more than 1.6 million students enter the National Merit Scholarship competition by taking the PSAT (Preliminary Student Achievement Test). Just five percent of seniors each year become National Merit Semfinalists. They then submit a detailed scholarship application, which includes essays and information about extracurricular achievements, awards, and leadership positions. Semifinalists also have to have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a school official, and earn SAT scores that confirm their qualifying test performance.
Rwick and Matthew are among only 16,000 students—barely one percent of all annual participants from across the United States— to make it to the Finalist stage and are now in the final stages of the selection process for the National Merit Scholarship.
This is the first time in almost a decade that two St. Markers have made it to the Finalist stage. Congratulations to these two stellar students.