Seven Canterbury High School Students Earn National Merit Program Recognition
Seven Canterbury High School Students Earn National Merit Program Recognition
Taylor Feighner, Digital Marketing/Communications Specialist

Seven Canterbury High School seniors were among the 50,000 highest scorers in the 64th annual National Merit® Scholarship Program, thanks to their outstanding performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). The program identifies Commended Scholars, Semifinalists and Finalists. Canterbury School honorees, and their designations, include:

  • Steven Andreas, Semifinalist
  • Grace Bechdol, Commended Student
  • Benjamin Elliott, Semifinalist
  • Priyanka Meesa, Semifinalist
  • David Noetzel, Commended Student
  • Morgan Rodabaugh, Commended Student
  • Samuel Witwer, Semifinalist

Given to high school juniors, more than 1.6 million students took the PSAT/NMSQT® in October 2017. Approximately 34,000 students are named Commended Students, and though they cannot continue the competition, some do become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses. In addition, roughly 16,000 students are named as National Merit Scholar Semifinalists and can continue the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million.

From the 16,000 semifinalists, approximately 15,000 are expected to be named Finalists in February 2019. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of finalists, and they will earn a National Merit Scholarship or Merit Scholarship.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2019 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join some 338,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

About the National Merit Scholarship Corporation

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955. Its scholarships are underwritten by its own funds and approximately 500 business organizations and higher education institutions that share its goals of honoring the nation's scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence. Learn more at

National Merit Commended Students (left to right): Morgan Rodabaugh and Grace Bechdol. Not pictured: David Noetzel.

National Merit Semifinalists (left to right): Samuel Witwer, Priyanka Meesa and Benjamin Elliott. Not pictured: Steven Andreas.