12 receive National Merit honors
12 receive National Merit honors
Canterbury School

Twelve members of the Class of 2018 – 13% of the senior class – have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for their performance on the October 2016 PSAT:

  • 6 seniors recognized as National Merit Semi-Finalists
  • 5 seniors recognized as Commended Students
  • 1 senior recognized as a National Hispanic Scholar

We will await information regarding whether any of our Semi-Finalists will be named National Merit Finalists.

Last year, 9 members of the Class of 2017 – 10% of the senior class – were similarly recognized.

Over the last five graduating classes (ending with the Class of 2017), 65 seniors – or 15% of the 434 graduating seniors during that period – have been recognized at various levels of accomplishment by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. School officials emphasize that these successes rates speak incredibly well to the academic strength of our students and their preparation at Canterbury.

Class of 2018 National Merit Semifinalists

  • Rishubh Jain
  • Keegan McArdle
  • Connor Loechner
  • Sanjeeth Rajaram
  • Emma Case
  • Elizabeth Heiny

To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and his or her high school 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. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student's earlier performance on the qualifying test.


Class of 2018 National Merit Commended

  • Aarnav Lal
  • Akash Meesa
  • Jiya Kashyap
  • Akshat Piprottar
  • Jason Collins

"The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success," commented a spokesperson for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. "These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation."


Class of 2018 National Hispanic Scholar

Mark Alvarez was named a National Hispanic Scholar by the National Hispanic Recognition Program. This honor means he scored within the top 2.5% among Hispanic and Latino PSAT/NMSQT test takers in the region and completed all requirements to receive the award.

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