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Friends and Neighbors: Community members’ achievements

  • left to right: ISAAC KUPFERSCHMID, NATHANIEL ROTH, FIONA WARNICK, MALCOLM BLINDER

  • Left Photo: left to right: Back row: TRISTEN WHALEN, JOHN SWANSON, JOSHUA WILKINSON, ZACHARY ELLIS, NATHAN JI, LEIF STEVENS


Thursday, October 19, 2017
Amherst Regional High School

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has announced semifinalists in the 2018 annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Four Amherst Regional High School students were among those named: Malcolm J. Blinder, Isaac B. Kupferschmid, Nathaniel B. Roth and Fiona L. Warnick.

About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test, which served as the initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to Finalist standing. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win National Merit Scholarships, earning the Merit Scholar title.

Commended students: Although they will not continue in the 2018 competition for National Merit Scholarship Awards, commended students placed among the top 50,000 of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2018 competition by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test.

The following ARHS students have been named commended students in the NMSC Program: Zachary S. Ellis, Aiden R. Foucault Etheridge, Leija A. Helling, Anah G. Hennessy, Emily F. Hu, Nathan Ji, Aleksa F. Kosanovic, Piper D. Lacy, Won-Ho Lee, Neosha G. Narayanan, Vincent M. Rotello, Leif A. Stevens, John T. Swanson, Dylan F. Walter, Aviva S. Weinbaum, Tristan B. Whalen, Joshua M. Wilkinson and Sasha T. Zeidenberg.

“The young men and women being named commended students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”