MARTINSVILLE—Twelve Pingry seniors, including Sarah Kim of Edison, are semifinalists in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program. The program is in its 57th year of honoring students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Approximately 8,300 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $34 million, will be offered in the spring of 2012.
To enter the 2012 program, students took the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT)—the national pool of semifinalists includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. To advance to the finals, a semifinalist must demonstrate an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm the earlier qualifying test. The scholarship application includes information about the student’s participation and leadership in school and community activities. Approximately 15,000 semifinalists will advance to the finals.
The other Pingry semifinalists are: Michaela Ennis (Denville), Kevin Fischer (Warren), Andrew Hanna (Watchung), Joshua King (Short Hills), Edward Kong (West Caldwell), Alak Mehta (Montville), Dylan Sun (Tewksbury), Madison Taylor (Tewksbury Township), Katarina Underwood (Gladstone), Edward Xiao (Livingston), and Brian Yan (Martinsville).
Pingry, a K-12 coeducational, independent country day school, was founded in 1861 in Elizabeth by Dr. John F. Pingry. It is now spread over two campuses: K-5 in Short Hills and Grades 6-12 in Martinsville. The diverse student body is composed of approximately 1,060 students from 106 communities and 14 counties across New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
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