Westfield High School seniors Gillian Strout and Yuchen Yang have been named semifinalists in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program.
They are among a nationwide pool of about 16,000 semifinalists who represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors. These academically talented students now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships that will be offered next spring.
“Being named a National Merit Semifinalist is a great honor and it speaks volumes about their strength of character and commitment to their education,” says WHS principal Mary Asfendis about Strout and Yang.
Asfendis also congratulated 34 WHS students who have been recognized for their exceptional academic promise as Commended Students in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program: Kevin Arndt, Kaity Bai, Samantha Bauer, Adrien Bekker, Mateo Beltran, Adam Contract, Conor Daly, Maxwell Feldman, John González, Manuel González, Eric Harnisher, Ashley Hu, Rachel Hu, Vivian Jeckell, Shreya Jyotishi, Amira Lee, Brandon Li, Cynthia Li, Michael McKenna, Lillian Qin, Sofia Regencia, Jacob Root, Jonathan Schaeffer, Carsen Sharkey, Noelle Shih, Benjamin Spergel, Vijay Sreenivasan, Matthew Swenson, Ashley Talwar, Evan Tompkins, Thomas Walsh, Eden Wilcomes, Amy Xiao, and Jason Yang.
According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, commended students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2022 competition by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).