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BC National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Filed in Archive, District, District News, Student Spotlight by on October 21, 2020

Bethlehem Central High School seniors Caitlin Chung, Benjamin Goldberg and Tyler Lippold have been named 2021 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists. They are among the highest-scoring entrants from New York State recognized as part of the prestigious academic recognition and scholarship program that began in 1955. They now have the opportunity to compete next spring for approximately 7,500 National Merit Scholarships valued at more than $31 million. 

Fewer than 1 percent of high school seniors in the United States are named National Merit Semifinalists.

Over 1.5 million students from more than 21,000 high schools across the country entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) during their junior year. The PSAT serves as an initial screening tool for the scholarship program. To become a finalist and ultimately win one of the National Merit scholarships, students are judged on several criteria, including academic performance, SAT scores, recommendations and their applications to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

In addition to the 15,000 students nationwide who are honored as Semifinalists, another 34,000 are recognized as Commended Students based on their performance on the PSAT qualifying exam. The Bethlehem Central High School seniors named as 2021 National Merit Commended Students are: 

  • Casey Benzing
  • Kelsey Classen
  • Tyler Dammeyer
  • Aaron Davis
  • Benjamin Eisenbraun
  • Jonah Eng
  • Samantha Fuscus
  • Aijah Garcia
  • Danielle Huli
  • Peter Klisiwecz
  • Jane Reagan
  • Madeline Saunders
  • Xiangwan Sun
Congratulations to these outstanding students!