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National Merit Semifinalists Announced

national merit logo2On September 13, 2017 National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These semi-finalists can compete for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships of $2,500 each that will be offered next spring.

13 students from Scarsdale High School and two from Edgemont High School were among the semifinalists.

The winners were selected based on their performance on PSAT tests taken in 2016. The semifinalists represent less than 1% of US high school seniors and are the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of semifinalists is proportional to the state's percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

Here are the names of the local semifinalists:

Edgemont High School:

Jeffrey Z. Ma
Grace S. Wang

Scarsdale High School:

Ariel P. Goldman
Matthew H. Greenberg
Eric D. Hansen
Ryan K. Jacobowitz
Lauren R. Jacoby
Ryan Lee
Hudson Lin
Jason T. Lipsay
Arjun Ravi
Charles G. Simonds
Perri L. Thaler
Emily Wang
Richard A. Xu

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-2 #6 Frank Quesnay 2017-09-22 12:36
Parents and students should care about outcomes on the NMSQT because merit aid awards at many of the most competitive schools in the country are softly linked to the outcome on that one test. To qualify for the limited aid that is available, you need to be an NMSF. This goal is readily achievable for about a third of the SHS and Edgemont high school classes each year; all they have to do is study for the test.

However, there seem to be some people in Scarsdale who are unaware about how the game works. Perhaps scarsdale10583. com should run some articles that explain the game to the noobs.
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+5 #5 Why? 2017-09-18 21:00
Who cares?

Quoting Michael Otten:
We don't have many cross-school comparison measurements. Wouldn't it be interesting if we could find out the numbers of National Merit Semi-Finalists over the years for our District as well as some of our peer districts?
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-7 #4 Frank Quesnay 2017-09-18 20:38
I would always expect Edgemont to have fewer NM Semifinalists in any given year (vs. Scarsdale) because Edgemont has a significantly smaller class size.

The most recent Edgemont High School profile discloses that for the EHS class of 2016 there were 7 NM Semifinalists (5% of class) and 13 NM Letters of Commendation (9% of class) out of a class size of 145.

I suspect that if we had the panel data stretching back a few years, it would show that Edgemont holds its own pretty well in percentage terms. So, how about it scarsdale10583. com? Any interest in capturing these school profiles on a rolling basis going forward?
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-7 #3 Caleb H. 2017-09-18 16:21
Interesting that Edgemeont, which is higher ranked than Scarsdale has fewer Semifinalists?
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-6 #2 Frank Quesnay 2017-09-16 12:52
The SHS School Profile discloses the NM stats at the very bottom of the profile.

For the class of 2017 (class size of 394), 26 were NM Semifinalists (7% of class), and 34 (9% of class) received NM Letters of Commendation.

Perhaps scarsdale10583. com would consider creating an archive of these reports as the school district does not do so.
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-6 #1 Michael Otten 2017-09-14 21:24
We don't have many cross-school comparison measurements. Wouldn't it be interesting if we could find out the numbers of National Merit Semi-Finalists over the years for our District as well as some of our peer districts?
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