Three Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists

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Three Lake Ridge Academy seniors were named 2019 National Merit Semifinalists. Carter English, Ryan Rosu, and Connie Tian join the only 16,000 students that are named National Merit Semifinalists, and represent less than 1 percent of the nation’s top high school seniors. Lake Ridge Academy also had three seniors named as Commended Scholars. Kira Fitzgerald, John Harrington, and PJ Yoo were named as Commended Scholars, representing the top 5 percent of the nation’s top high school seniors.

With a senior class of 51 students in total, 11% of the Class of 2020 at Lake Ridge Academy received National Merit Scholarship recognition and 6% are Semifinalists!

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.

The three Semifinalists will now have the opportunity to compete to be named a Finalist, which is determined by the student’s academic record, written essay, participation in school and community activities, evidence of leadership and any other honors or awards received. Finalists will be announced in February.