Students Earn National Merit Recognition

Canterbury Reports
September 27, 2020

Six Canterbury High School students were recognized for 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:

  • Nile Adhami, Semifinalist
  • Ibi Gomaa, Semifinalist
  • Aaron Koa, Commended Student
  • Esther Li, Commended Student
  • Quinn Saleik, Commended Student
  • Zach Tempel, Semifinalist

More than 1.5 million juniors in more than 21,000 high schools entered the 2021 national Merit Scholarship Program. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

Nationally, there are approximately 34,000 commended students and 16,000 semifinalists. Semifinalists are waiting to hear if they will be named a finalist. More than $30 million in scholarships are awarded to the 7,500 students who become finalists.

Congratulations to the six Canterbury students who have been recognized! 

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



Nile Adhmani

Ibi Gomaa

Zach Tempel