Congrats to Summit’s National Merit Scholars

Summit HighSummit High School was honored to have 4 students recognized as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists and 27 as commended students.

Approximately, 1.6 million juniors entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.

From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February 2017 they will be notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. 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.

In addition to the National Merit awards, the College Board has chosen several Summit High School students as part of the National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP). Every year, the NHRP recognizes about 5,000 of the 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the PSAT. This year, Summit High School has seven students recognized in this program, whose main purpose is to identify academically exceptional Hispanic/Latino students.

A list of the recognized students is included below.


Ethan Kantor

Christopher Kelser

Katherine Scheer

Matthew Colon

Commended Students

Aaron Abkmeier

Laura Baldacchino

Savannah Dooley

William Freeman

Matthew Grange

Alexis Greenblatt

Christopher Heckelman

Andrew Hollenhaugh

Jack Johnson

Brandon Johnston

Katherin Kusmin

Kiera Little

Finn McTernan

Maxwell Model

David Naiman

Yannick Nandury

Delaney O’Dowd

Emma Osborne

Christopher Ripsam-Walsh

William Schaffer

Kunal Sengupta

Elina Turner

Matthew Wilson

Rachel Blume

Sabrina Fleischman

Brandon Gomes

Alina Patrick

Hispanic Recognition Program

Rachel Blume

Sabrina Fleishman

Brandon Gomes

Alina Patrick

Pilar Canavosio

Diego Pinzon

Matthew Colon

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