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Six Friends' Central Students Named National Merit Finalists
Six Friends' Central Students Named National Merit Finalists

Friends' Central School is pleased to announce that six seniors, Elisabeth Forsyth, Jade Halpern, Benjamin Lehrer, Rachel McCabe, Tristan Szapary, and Jane Whellan, have been named National Merit Scholarship Program Finalists.

These Friends' Central students are among some 15,000 Semifinalists (out of over 1.5 million applicants) from across the country now designated as Finalists. Recognized by the National Merit Program based on their scores on the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), they went on to achieve Finalist standing by meeting a number of additional requirements, including SAT scores and a record of consistently high academic performance in grades 9 through 12, as well as in any college course work taken. Friends' Central's National Merit Finalists will continue in the competition for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships.

Eleven total students in the Class of 2020 who took the junior year PSAT have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program this year. In addition to the above six National Merit Finalists, five Friends' Central seniors were named Commended students: Lucas DeSipio, Weitong Li, Jonathan Roach, Evan Sweitzer, and Anna Volpp.