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Alyssa Chen '18 Wins National Merit Scholarship

Pingry senior Alyssa Chen is a winner of a National Merit $2,500 Scholarship, underwritten by National Merit Scholarship Corporation with its own funds. National Merit $2,500 Scholarships are the second of three categories of winners in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. Future winners will be announced in June and July.

National Merit selections take into account SAT scores and leadership and participation in school and community activities. Alyssa’s passions encompass music, writing, and athletics. Among her numerous activities, Alyssa studies flute at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege and was accepted—as one of four flutists from over 250 who auditioned—to the New Jersey All-State Orchestra. She also performs in Pingry’s Jazz Band; is a published poet; writes for and copy edits The Pingry Record; is Co-Editor of the literary magazine Calliope; and runs for the cross country and track teams.

Alyssa has received Pingry’s Madeline Wild Bristol Music Prize for contributing to music at Pingry, and Whitlock Prize for Math for outstanding achievement and dedication to mathematics.

She plans to attend Harvard University in the fall.

Contact: Greg Waxberg ’96, Communications Writer,