Five Archmere Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists
Archmere seniors Rui (Leo) Chang, Alexander Chen, Natalie Gildea, Clare O’Dwyer, and Richard (Richie) Smith have been named National Merit Semifinalists because of their high scores on the PSAT's, taken in their junior year. Only 16,000 students (of approximately 1.6 million) in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, Semifinalists must advance to Finalist standing in the competition. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.
Leo, Alex, Natalie, Clare and Richie have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,250 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $28 million that will be offered next spring. To become a Finalist, the five Archmere Semifinalists and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.
Finalists will be announced in late February and National Merit Scholarship winners of 2023 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 368,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.
In addition, nine Archmere seniors were among the top 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT and will receive the recognition of being named National Merit Commended Students, in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. These students are: Raphael Coronel, Austin Curtis, Julian Facciolo, Bridget Holmes, Bradley Hu, Niharika Mukkamala, Jacob Poplawski, Helen Qi, and Tyler Vanson.