EAST MARLBOROUGH—The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently announced that 13 Unionville High School students have been named National Merit Scholarship Finalists. This year, all of the UHS smifinalists were selected as finalists.
“We are so proud of the 13 students who have been recognized as National Merit Finalists,” stated Mr. Jimmy Conley, UHS Principal. “Through their efforts over the past four years, these young men and women have distinguished themselves as leaders in the classroom, as well as in all facets of life at Unionville High School. These talented 13 Seniors are a great example of the kind, hard-working, and dedicated young people which comprise the Class of 2021.”
From approximately 1.6 million students who entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program, only about 16,000 were named Semifinalists. They were designated on a state representational basis, in proportion to each state’s percentage of the national total of graduating high school seniors. In order to advance in the competition and be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, a Semifinalist had to become a Finalist by fulfilling several requirements that included submitting a detailed scholarship application and presenting a record of very high academic performance.
The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships in which students are entered by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) - one that serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year.
Finalists typically represent 1 percent of the total initial entrants and are chosen based on their test scores, academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, and honors and awards received.
Finalists are Ansh Abbaraju, Jacob Gottesman, Manav Gundecha, Madalon Hammell, Kaeli Kaymak-Loveless, Addison Liu, Gayathri Mannem, Shaaz Nadeem, Aarohi Nadkarni, Nikhil Pisolkar, Naman Razdan, Daniel Sage and Leah Walter.