Seven seniors of Gulliver have been selected among approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
Gulliver’s qualifying seniors are Joyce Chen, Joshua Cohen, Benjamin Froomkin, Philip Kaifer, Ciara Keane, Sharon Peng and Paolo Scalla. All of the students took the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) and qualified during their junior year at Gulliver.
Approximately 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools took the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) last year. This test served as an initial screening of program entrants. The highest scoring students in each state are selected for the pool of semifinalists. The award honors students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
Gulliver semifinalists will continue in the running for 8,300 National Merit Scholarships. About 90 percent of semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and approximately half of the finalists are likely to win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title. The National Merit Scholarship winners of 2014 will be announced in April 2014.
Gulliver also congratulates seniors Ciara Keane, Alexander McQuire, Juan Pino, Monica Rodriguez-Fernandez and Alejandra Ruttimann for being commended in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.
The students will not move forward in the competition for National Merit Scholarships, but they may be candidates for scholarships offered by corporate and business sponsors.
Six Gulliver seniors have been selected as 2014 National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) scholars. Gulliver’s qualifying seniors are Philip Kaifer, Alexander McQuire, Juan Pino, Monica Rodriguez, Alejandra Ruttimann and Paolo Scalla. All of the students took the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) and qualified during their junior year at Gulliver, and have at least a 3.5 GPA.
This year, 5,300 of the highest-scoring students are recognized from more than 259,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who took the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) last year. Students recognized by the NHRP are at least one-quarter Hispanic/Latino.