Nine WRA Seniors receive National Merit Recognition

Nine WRA Seniors receive National Merit Recognition

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has announced the names of the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Students and Semifinalists.

We are excited to announce that nine members of the senior class received National Merit recognition. Of the nine seniors recognized, two were named semifinalists which means they scored in the top 1% of the 1.5 million high school seniors who took the PSAT. Seven Pioneers were named commended scholars, indicating that they scored in the top 2%. It is worth noting that the Ohio Selection Index Score for 2021 for high school students is 215, with the exception of boarding high school students, whose Index Score is 219.

Congratulations to semifinalists Tengchuan Ma and Vivien Marmerstein and commended scholars Hunter Amos, Bin He, Yixuan Huang, Chenjing Mi, Xinyi Tian, George Wang and Carl Zhang!

As semifinalists, Ma and Marmerstein have an opportunity to be considered for the 7,600 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $31 million, that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the esteemed title of Merit Scholar® title.

Last spring, The College Board introduced National Recognition Programs (CBRP) to acknowledge the academic achievements and outstanding performance of students who scored in the top 2.5% of PSAT test takers and identify in one of the College Board programs. Two of WRA's seniors have been named CBRP Scholars. Congratulations Hunter Amos and David Gentile.

"We are so proud of the efforts of our students and their recognition in these national competitions," shared Director of College Counseling Anna Barlow-Boesch. "We look forward to celebrating these and the many other wonderful accomplishments of the Class of 2021 throughout the year."

"We are very proud of our students who have qualified as National Merit Semifinalists," said Associate Head of School Dr. Nicholas Kent. "It is noteworthy that by attending a boarding school, these students have to score significantly higher than the State of Ohio index to be recognized. We are proud of all of our students who are preparing to leave Western Reserve Academy to fulfill their mission of making their community and the world a better place."

Finalists will be notified in February and winners will be notified in the spring.

Congratulations to our Pioneers!