The National Merit Scholarship Program has named 51 Greenwich High School students for outstanding performance in the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
In this year’s competitions, based on the 2011 PSAT qualifying test, 17 students were named National Merit Semifinalists, 32 as Commended Students, 2 as National Hispanic Scholars, and one who is a National Achievement Program Outstanding Participant.
In a statement, school officials said the "achievement is reflective of the hard work and commitment made by these students." School officials announced the students' commendations at a Nov. 15 National Merit Recognition Breakfast that included parents, faculty and administration.
The 17 who met the standard for National Merit Semifinalists: Jordan Abbasi, August Allocco, Daniel Carr, Robert Cheng, Rachel Connolly, Alexandria Edelson, Mary Harrigan, Victoria Hoffmeister, Rebecca Kural, Stephen Le Breton, Justin Lee, Allison Litt, Parthiv Naresh, Samuel Savitz, Chloe Volkwein, Thomas Yang, and Anne Zhang.
The 32 students who qualified as Commended Students are Jessica Bernstein, Sarah Bradley, Danielle Brooks, Alexander Chou, Mary Cirino, Elise Colbert, Zachary Dobryn, Adam Ellenbogen, Trevor Frey, Marco Grandinetti, Oliver Grueterich, Jackson Howard, Elizabeth Johnson, Sem Kroon, Elizabeth Kropp, Jessica Kuesel, Esther Lee, Joseph Lee, Emma Mathes, Michael McCaffrey, Christina Mirza, Emma Montgomery, Eamon Murphy, Uyen Nguyen, Blake Niehaus, Matthew Thomas, Maureen Tracey, Daniel Wilbanks, Samuel Wolansky, Madeline Wolf, Kaho Yamamoto, and James Yoon.
Also recognized through the PSAT/NMSQT are nearly 5,000 students who qualify for the National Hispanic Recognition Program. This program identifies the highest scoring students from a pool of more than 200,000 Hispanic/Latino students who participated in the testing. Students Elise Colbert and Victoria Houson received National Hispanic Program Scholar recognition.
The National Achievement Scholarship Program recognizes the top-scoring three percent of more than 160,000 Black Americans who took the PSAT/NMSQT. Morgan McGann is the 2013 National Achievement Program Outstanding Participant from Greenwich High School.
This standardized test, which measures reading, math problem solving, and writing skills, provides students a chance to enter the National Merit Scholarship Program.