Seven Students Named National Merit Semi-Finalists

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Seven Students Named National Merit Semi-Finalists

Class of 2020 National Merit Scholar Semifinalists. Left: Mira Bohannan Kumar, Carly Weigel, Ellis Chen, Alexis Nunez, Maryam Abuissa, 
Aubryn Kaine, and Joseph Bennett

Class of 2020 National Merit Scholar Semifinalists. Left: Mira Bohannan Kumar, Carly Weigel, Ellis Chen, Alexis Nunez, Maryam Abuissa, Aubryn Kaine, and Joseph Bennett

Mary Peterson

Class of 2020 National Merit Scholar Semifinalists. Left: Mira Bohannan Kumar, Carly Weigel, Ellis Chen, Alexis Nunez, Maryam Abuissa, Aubryn Kaine, and Joseph Bennett

Mary Peterson

Mary Peterson

Class of 2020 National Merit Scholar Semifinalists. Left: Mira Bohannan Kumar, Carly Weigel, Ellis Chen, Alexis Nunez, Maryam Abuissa, Aubryn Kaine, and Joseph Bennett

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Seven City High students were named semi-finalists for the Sixth Annual National Merit Scholarship competition in 2019. Seniors Mira Kumar, Charlotte Weigel, Ellis Chen, Alexis Nunez, Maryam Abuissa, Aubryn Kaine, and Joseph Bennett were seven of the 16,000 students across the nation who were named semi finalists. 

Ellis Chen ’20 was one of the students selected. 

“I got the national merit scholar because I scored well on the PSAT, and I think part of it is that throughout the years I have become really accustomed to standardized tests” Chen said, “that’s kind of how our present education system likes to measure learning and I had experience with standardized tests since 3rd grade.”

Chen was happy to receive the reward because of potential scholarships from colleges. 

“The scholarships can help decrease costs to go to places and it can help bolster my application for some schools. I was pretty happy and it felt good that this worked out for me” Chen said.