EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – A group of Bronxville High School seniors have qualified as semifinalists for the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Seniors Julia Goldman, Malika Laurence, Jak Magaud, Elizabeth McGough and Kyle Swanson are among a small group of students nation-wide that were among the top scorers on the PSAT last year. Their scores qualify them for scholarships that are awarded by the organization annually.
The five students are among nearly 16,000 semifinalists that comprise 1.5 million juniors that took the PSAT last October. Semifinalists can become finalists by fulfilling other requirements and applying to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
Applications include information about students’ academic record, participation with local charity, employment, awards and leadership qualities. Finalists must also have an endorsement from a high school teacher. Lastly, the committee will review a written essay and SAT scores before narrowing the field to 2,500 finalists.
Finalists will compete for $2,500 National Merit Scholarships that are awarded to students in each state. The winners from each state will be named next spring.
In addition to the National Merit semifinalists, an additional 34,000 students were designated as “commended students.” In Bronxville, Emma Berry, Spencer Borwick, Elizabeth Cory, Gina Elbert, Owen Hayes, Angelina Massa, Anirudh Reddy and Fiona Roediger have earned that distinction.