Nineteen Thacher Students Named National Merit Scholars

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Mr. Mulligan congratulates some of the 19 Thacher students who were named National Merit Scholars during an all-school assembly on October 10. Pictured from left to right: Cassandra James ’14, Stuart Brown ’14, Laura Kirkland ’14, Skylar Lewis ’14, Charlie Morgenstein ’14, and Meagan Rodriguez ’14. Photo Credit: Colly Smith ’16

Nineteen Thacher students were recognized by the National Merit® Scholarship Program for their exceptional performance on the 2013 PSAT/NMSQT.

Over 1.4 million eligible students from over 22,000 high schools took the 2013 PSAT last October as a first step in eligibility for the National Merit Scholarship Program.   In April 50,000 of the highest scorers were identified as eligible for the 60th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. In September, approximately two-thirds of those eligible were notified that they are Commended Students, and 16,000 of those are designated Semifinalists. The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of graduating seniors in the nation and represent the top 1% of the state’s senior students.

The number of recognized scholars represents 28 percent of The Thacher School’s senior class.

The Thacher School’s National Merit Semifinalists are:

David Makoto Amano
Taylor Louise Bacon
Liam Raoul Carpenter-Urquhart
Wesley Liang
Emma Lynn Best Rogowski

The Thacher School’s National Hispanic Scholar is:

Meagan Rose Rodriguez

The Thacher School’s National Achievement Semifinalists are:

Mohammad Abdel Fattah Bakhiet
Liam Raoul Carpenter-Urquhart

The Thacher School’s National Achievement Commended Scholars are:

Cassandra R. James
Kameelah Rajaa Lynn Sims-Traylor

The Thacher School’s National Merit Commended Scholars are:

Christopher George Berven
Stuart Montgomery Brown
Sarah Grace Cunningham
Owen Cornelius Driscoll
Marshall Havard Fisher
Laura Charlotte Kirkland
Skylar Emily Eastman Lewis
Charles Morgenstein
Adam Li Silberberg
Owen McPeak Yager

About the National Achievement Scholarship Program

More than 160,000 high school juniors from all parts of the United States requested consideration in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program when they took the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Semifinalists are designated within geographic regions and are the highest-scoring program entrants in the states that make up each region. Approximately 1,600 students will be named Semifinalists, with about 1,300 expected to advance to the finalist level.

About the National Hispanic Recognition Program

The College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) identifies academically outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students. Each year, the NHRP honors about 5,000 of the highest-scoring students from over 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the PSAT/NMSQT.