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Twelve Seniors are Finalists in 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program

All 12 Pingry School semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program have advanced to become finalists. The program honors students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Including these 12 students, 45 Pingry students have been finalists 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 16,000 semifinalists included the highest-scoring entrants in each state. To become one of the approximately 15,000 finalists, a semifinalist must have had an outstanding academic record throughout high school, earned SAT scores that confirmed the earlier performance on the qualifying test, and demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities. Approximately 7,500 National Merit Scholarships will be awarded this spring.

Contact: Greg Waxberg ’96, Communications Writer,