RHS Students Named National Merit Scholars

Roxbury High School should be proud of the academic achievements their students achieve each year.

Jeff Swanson, RHS principal, recently found out that four young ladies at the school qualified for the National Merit Scholarship Program. The four recipients due to receive letters of commendation are seniors Jacklyn Kleinsorgen, Samantha Meneses, Vilina Ong and Kaley Ubellacker.

Swanson said, “I received notification the other day along with certificates that will be given out at the Senior Awards Program later this year. You need to know that’s like a big deal. It’s based on your PSAT scores. You were entered into the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Contest and you are among the top five percent of the 1.6 million people who took the test.”

When the four students took the test, they had no idea that this was even a possibility let alone what it meant.

It was later explained to them that the achievement letter is given to approximately 34,000 recipients out of 50,000 with the highest scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Approximately 1.6 million entrants take this test each year.

The program as described by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, “is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955.”

Commended students receive letters for their outstanding academic promise but are no longer in the competition for the National Merit Scholarship. However, some are eligible for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.

In order to be considered for this program, students must take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), be enrolled as a high school student progressing normally toward graduation, and be a citizen of the United States or a U.S. lawful permanent resident.

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