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Sixteen Baylor Students Honored by National Merit Program
National Merit Semifinalists (left to right) Creighton Arrington, Alyssa Kim, and Sophie Peirano

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has announced that Baylor seniors Creighton ArringtonAlyssa Kim, and Sophie Peirano are semifinalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. In addition, two Baylor boarding students,   (pictured below, left to right) Matthew An and Dake Peng, and one former Baylor boarder, Erica Wu, qualified as semifinalists but, as international students, are not eligible for the scholarship competition.

The eligible seniors are among approximately 16,000 high school students who have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered next spring.

Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.

Forty-seven Baylor seniors have qualified as NMSC semifinalists in the last 10 years.

Ten more Baylor seniors have been named Commended Students by the NMSC. PIctured above are (top, left to right) Caroline Chapman, Ada Cruikshank, William Hamn, Evelyn Ludwick, Paige Ryan, (bottom, left to right) Avery Santin, Daniel Snyder, Gracie Tomisek, Margaret Webb, and Christopher Young, who are among some 34,000 students throughout the nation being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2021 competition for NMSC awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT.


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