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Rachel Chen '18 Wins National Merit Scholarship

Pingry senior Rachel 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. Rachel has been an active member of the Pingry community: two-time winner of the Dr. Robert H. LeBow ’58 Memorial Oratorical Competition; a national squash champion and two-year captain of the Varsity Squash Team; writer for and Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Pingry Record; two-time National Gold Medalist in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards; Vice Chair of the Politics and Debate Club; Co-Leader of the Independent Research Team in science; Peer Leader; and a three-year member of Student Government.

Aspiring to work in medicine, Rachel volunteered at St. Barnabas Medical Center last summer and spent many hours in the pediatric ward. She has also traveled to the Philippines on a medical mission trip, educating children on nutrition and assisting with patient care at clinics.

Rachel plans to attend Harvard University in the fall.

Contact: Greg Waxberg ’96, Communications Writer,