Scholars earn distinction from National Merit Scholarship Corp

Scholars earn distinction from National Merit Scholarship Corp

The Summit Country Day School is pleased to announce the nine seniors who have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC®) for academic achievement. These top students represent 10% of the senior class.

Grant Desch ’24, Ethan Lam ’24 and Christopher Reuter ’24 are among the list of semifinalists and are eligible to continue in the National Merit Scholarship competition for awards worth nearly $28 million. The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.

"The semifinalist rank is a great achievement by Grant, Ethan and Christopher,” says Kelly Cronin, Upper School director. "They are outstanding scholars who excel within Summit’s rigorous program and set high expectations for themselves academically. I look forward to their future contributions to our community as they finish their Summit careers."

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® or ACT® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. In February, scholarship finalists will be notified by NMSC.

The National Merit Scholarship Program has also recognized six Summit seniors as Commended Scholars. The students scored in the top 50,000 nationwide of all PSAT test-takers last year and will receive letters of commendation. As Commended Scholars, these students are eligible for special merit scholarship awards:

Jude Gerhardt ‘24
Tarek Hasan ‘24
Graham Hodge ‘24
Iris Katz ‘24
Kyle Lauckner ‘24
Jue Wang ‘24