Seven Spartans Earn National Merit Recognition

 Sep 25 2020 9:59 AM

Wichita Collegiate School is pleased to announce that seven students of the Class of 2021 have earned National Merit Recognition. Overall the Class scored higher than 90 percent of all students in the US on the PSAT.

Seven students and the Senior class were honored in the Alice Virginia Knorr Library for National Merit Recognition, an honor that is received based on performance on their performance on the PSAT last year. 

In total, four seniors from Collegiate were honored as National Merit Commended students, meaning their scores on the PSAT were in the top three percent of all students. The students earning National Merit Commended Recognition are Sarah Chocron, Iain Moufarrij, Isabel Schmaltz, and Jackson Wunderlich.

In addition, 3 students scored in the top 1 percent of all students to earn National Merit Semifinalists recognition. Those students are Noah Moufarrij, Harun Raffi, and Allison Tee.

Semifinalists who meet academic and additional requirements will be notified in February 2021 if they advance to the Finalist stage of the National Merit Scholarship Program. All students who earn Merit Scholars are notified beginning in March of 2021. 

"The students being recognized have demonstrated tremendous academic success over the years because they have committed to being their best each and every day," Chris Ashbrook, Head of Upper School, said. 

In October of 2019, more than 1.6 million students throughout the United States became eligible for the National Merit Scholarship Competition by taking the PSAT or National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Only the top 50,000 scorers in the US earn Commended or Semifinalist recognition and Wichita Collegiate School had more students recognized for Commended or Semifinalist recognition than any other school in the state of Kansas who is 5A or smaller. 

"At Collegiate, we understand how hard each of our students and faculty members work each day, and how committed they are to being their best. This statistic certainly affirms all of our [students'] efforts." Ashbrook said.

Overall the Class of 2021 averaged a score higher than 90 percent of all students across the country.