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Twelve Seniors Earn Prestigious National Merit Scholarship Program Honor

Twelve members of Norfolk Academy’s Class of 2020 have received a prestigious honor from the National Merit Scholarship Program.

The seniors have been named Commended Students. The Scholarship Program recognized their exceptional academic promise, as demonstrated by their performance on a qualifying test.

More than 1.5 million students from across the nation took the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which entered them in the Scholarship Program. In April of this year, the program identified the 50,000 highest scorers.

About 16,000 of those high performers were recently named Semifinalists, which allows them to apply to become Finalists and earn scholarship money. Sean Miller ’20 gained that honor.

The remaining 34,000 gain the Commended Student distinction. The honored students from Norfolk Academy are: Luke Ashton; Sahib Chandi; J.R. Herman; Courtney Kilduff; Juliet Lancey; Kyle Mele; Katie Post; William Smythe; Shrey Vachhani; Nikolas Yanek-Chrones; Andi Yuan; and Ali Zaidi.

“These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation,” a program spokesperson said in a news release. “We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

Congratulations to all the winners. Great job, Bulldogs!

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Luke Ashton

Luke Ashton

Sahib Chandi

Sahib Chandi

J.R. Herman

J.R. Herman

Courtney Kilduff

Courtney Kilduff

Juliet Lancey

Juliet Lancey

Kyle Mele

Kyle Mele

Katie Post

Katie Post

William Smythe

William Smythe

Shrey Vachhani

Shrey Vachhani

Andi Yuan

Andi Yuan