Fourteen Agnes Irwin seniors were recently recognized by the 2018 National Merit Scholarship program for outstanding achievement, representing nearly 20 percent of the Class of 2018.
“We are thrilled that 14 members of our senior class were recognized for their dedication to academic excellence and personal achievement,” said Head of School Dr. Wendy Hill. “Agnes Irwin is committed to developing girls and empowering them to experience the joy of discovering their best selves so they can make an impact on the world in their own way.”
Each year, the National Merit Scholarship Program offers college tuition assistance to high school seniors, totaling about $32 million in scholarship funds. Of the 1.6 million entrants, less than one percent of high school seniors are recognized as semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition; about 90 percent of Semifinalists will attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship and earn the Merit Scholar title, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
Recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program this year are:
National Merit Semifinalists: Jenny Liang, Brynne Pergolini, Livia Seibert, Annie Ulichney
National Hispanic Scholars: Maria Pansini and Naomi Paradis
Commended: Lucy Brumberger, Anna Flieder, Erin Hayes, Kaitlyn Lees, Carol Li, Naomi Paradis, Kathrina Payton, Alexis Short and Lily Zelov
Back row, from left to right: Commended students Carol Li, Anna Flieder, Kaitlyn Lees, Lily Zelov, Alexis Short, Lucy Brumberger. Not pictured: Kathrina Payton, Erin Hayes.
Front row: National Merit Semi-finalists Brynne Pergolini, Jenny Liang, Annie Ulichney, Livia Seibert; National Hispanic Scholar Maria Pansini; National Hispanic Scholar and Commended student Naomi Paradis.