Three Wardlaw-Hartridge Students Named National Merit Scholar Semifinalists

EDISON — Wardlaw-Hartridge School juniors Ernest Afflu of Edison, Abigail Rogers of Plainfield and Aneesa Sonawalla of Edison were named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. High school juniors may qualify for National Merit Scholarships by receiving a high score on the PSAT taken in October of the junior year.

Juniors need a high selectivity index score in the 99 percentile range. Not all students in the 99 percentile range will be National Merit Semifinalists. Each state has a different cut off for the selection of National Merit Semifinalists.


The score is obtained from the total of three sections on the PSAT: the critical reading, math and writing scores. The highest score would be 240 (80+80+80=240) since each section of the PSAT ranges from 20 to 80 points. To be selected, one needs a score of 202 and higher.

These students are among the 50,000 selected from the 1.5 million program entrants. Students who are National Merit Semifinalists have an opportunity to compete for National Merit Scholarships. Students must take a SAT test and send a letter of recommendation from their counselor.

Of the 50,000 students, approximately 16,000 will be named National Merit Program Semifinalist. Semifinalists will be the only students who will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for about 8,200 National Merit Scholarships to be offered in 2012.

SCHOLARSHIP SEMIFINALISTS … Abigail Rogers, Ernest Afflu and Aneesa Sonawalla were named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists and recognized for their achievement at morning meeting on April 20. (Photo by Rudy Brandl of Fanwood)

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