Four Lake Ridge Academy seniors were named 2018 National Merit Finalists. Elizabeth Coble, Ben Gwinnell, Noah Kawaguchi and Anjali Prabhakaran join a pool of 15,000 finalists who will be considered to receive one of the 7,500 Merit Scholarships that will be awarded nationally in March. These four students represent 8% of Lake Ridge Academy’s Class of 2018.
The National Merit Scholarship program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarship funds that began in 1955. About 1.6 million juniors entered the program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The top scores in critical reading, mathematics and writing skills advance only 16,000 students to the Semifinalist list. 15,000 Finalist were selected by reviewing the student’s academic record, written essay, participation in school and community activities, evidence of leadership and any other honors or awards received.