Monroe High School juniors Eric Grewal, Edmund Lai, and Evan Wang have received recognition in the first stage of the National Merit Scholarship Program this year. The students recently received notice of their selection from Monroe High School Principal John Lombardi.
To qualify, these students placed in the top 3.5% of the nation in their Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) results. The National Merit Program recognizes approximately 50,000 of the 1.5 million students who take the PSAT test annually.
“It’s an honor,” says Edmund Lai. “I really didn’t expect this. I also think it helps me continue to pursue my academic excellence and just continue working hard at all that I do.” Lai hopes to attend a 4-year college to major in engineering.
“This is like a culmination of 10-11 years of work showing through,” comments Evan Wang. “It’s important to see that reflected in something now.” Wang is exploring colleges, looking for as many scholarships as possible. He also plans to study engineering.
“This legitimizes me as a fairly academic student,” says Grewal. “Grade point is one thing, but to get chosen for National Merit is a very high honor for me; I’m very proud of it.” He is still thinking about what he will study after high school, and may pursue a financial or science-related field.
Approximately 16,000 students will be designated as National Merit semifinalists nationwide this fall, based on their score on the PSAT and on state representation. Semifinalists must meet additional requirements to advance to finalist standing, and approximately 8,300 will receive a Merit scholarship award.