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Thanks to senior Mitchell Pavlak's favorite pasttime, macrophotography, he was named this year's greeting card contest winner. 

Twelve Semifinalists in 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program

Twelve Pingry seniors are among 16,000 semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. The program is in its 63rd year of honoring students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Including these 12 students, 46 Pingry students have been semifinalists over the past five years.

Alyssa Chen
Rachel Chen
Ethan Chung
Jennifer Coyne
Namita Davey
Jessica Li
Jeremy Lister
Conor Mahoney
Megan Pan
Mitchell Pavlak
Vineil Reddy
William Zhang

To enter the 2018 program, 1.6 million juniors took the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The national pool of semifinalists includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. Approximately 15,000 semifinalists are expected to advance to the finals, and 7,500 National Merit Scholarships will be offered next spring. To become a finalist, a semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, earn SAT scores that confirm the student's earlier performance on the qualifying test, and demonstrate leadership and participation in school and community activities.

Greg Waxberg '96, Communications Writer,