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11 Friends' Central Students Earn National Merit Honors
11 Friends' Central Students Earn National Merit Honors

Friends' Central School is pleased to announce that 11 seniors have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program. Six Friends' Central students were named National Merit Semifinalists, and five students were named National Merit Commended Students.

These students were among the more than 1.5 million who took the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Of these, only 50,000 were recognized by the National Merit Program for their high scores. The top 16,000 students were named Semifinalists, while the other 34,000 high performers were named Commended Students. Semifinalists have an opportunity to continue in the National Merit Scholarship competition and advance to Finalist standing by meeting a number of additional requirements, including SAT scores and high academic achievement in grades 9-12.  

The six Friends' Central students named National Merit Semifinalists are: Elisabeth Forsyth, Jade Halpern, Benjamin Lehrer, Rachel McCabe, Tristan Szapary, and Jane Whellan.

The five Friends' Central students named National Merit Commended students are: Lucas DeSipio, Weitong (Jack) Li, Jonathan Roach, Evan Sweitzer, and Anna Volpp.