Seven Mamaroneck High School students were named 2018 National Merit Scholar Semifinalists for their scores on the 2016 Preliminary SAT (PSAT). Evan Macaluso, Henry Brody, Peter Simpson, Emily Ma, Ryan Huang, Ben Fishman, and Rebecca Marcus are among approximately 16,000 high school seniors in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program who have the opportunity to continue on in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million being offered this spring.
The National Merit Scholarship Program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of competition, including providing information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. Additionally, 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 scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.
About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which serves as an initial screen of program entrants.