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Brian Li '20 Wins National Merit Scholarship

Pingry senior Brian Li '20 is a winner of the National Merit Allergan Foundation Scholarship, sponsored by The Allergan Foundation.

National Merit selections take into account SAT scores and leadership and participation in school and community activities. Student Body President during the 2019-20 school year, Brian has further distinguished himself by balancing a rigorous course load with extracurricular involvement that has included serving as Editor-in-Chief of Vital Signs and Pingry Community Research; tutoring Chinese for Pingry's Humanities Center; serving as a research assistant for several summers at the New Jersey Institute of Technology; serving as a chaperone for Ridge Baseball Club's "Buddy Ball Division," a program for special-needs children who want to enjoy the full benefits of playing baseball in an environment structured to their abilities; volunteering at Morris Chinese Academy; and volunteering at Cochrane.

For Cochrane, an organization that facilitates evidence-based healthcare, Brian has screened over 3,000 records by determining whether studies in research databases can be included in Cochrane's Central Register of Controlled Trials or individual researchers' collections. Separately, he also applied to become a volunteer Chinese-to-English translator. "My job with the Chinese translation team is to take Cochrane's English-language systematic reviews and then translate them into Chinese," he said. "I've published five so far, with a sixth on coronavirus plasma treatments currently being edited."

A new member of Pingry's chapter of The Cum Laude Society, Brian plans to attend Princeton University.

Contact: Greg Waxberg '96, Communications Writer, Editor of The Pingry Review