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Six Bullis Seniors Recognized by the National Merit® Scholarship Program

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Six Bullis Seniors Recognized by the National Merit® Scholarship Program
National Merit® Scholarship Program 2020 Semifinalists and Commended Students

We are pleased to announce that six members of the Class of 2021 have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) for outstanding academic excellence.

Four Bullis seniors have been named National Merit® Scholarship Program Commended Students: 

  • Henry B. Akins
  • Matthew G. Koff
  • Ryanne Mills
  • August B. Phelps

Two seniors are National Merit® Scholarship Program Semifinalists: 

  • Andrew (AJ) LaMotta
  • Henry Sun

Semifinalists are the highest scoring entrants in each state. These students will continue in the program by meeting high academic standards and all other requirements to advance to Finalist standing in the competition.

These recognitions are a great honor. Huge congratulations to all!


About the National Merit® Scholarship Program

Program Recognition

Of the 1.5 million entrants, some 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT® Selection Index scores (calculated by doubling the sum of the Reading, Writing and Language, and Math Test scores) qualify for recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program. In September, these high scorers are notified through their schools that they have qualified as either Commended Students or Semifinalists.

Commended Students

In late September, more than two-thirds (about 34,000) of the approximately 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT receive Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. Commended Students are named based on a nationally applied Selection Index score that may vary from year to year and is typically below the level required for participants to be named Semifinalists in their respective states. Although Commended Students do not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships, some of these students do become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.

Semifinalists

In early September, about 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, are notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists. To ensure that academically talented young people from all parts of the United States are included in this talent pool, Semifinalists are designated on a state-representational basis. Semifinalists are the highest scoring entrants in each state. Qualifying scores vary from state to state and from year to year, but the scores of all Semifinalists are extremely high. NMSC provides scholarship application materials to Semifinalists through their high schools. To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, Semifinalists must advance to Finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and all other requirements explained in the information provided to each Semifinalist. View the Requirements and Instructions for Semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program for more information about what Semifinalists must do.