Four Members of Cooper Class of 2020
Named National Merit Semifinalists
Four members of The John Cooper School Class of 2020 have been selected as Semifinalists in the 65th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
Avery Nakahara, Sawyer Liner, Ellen Petersen and Wyatt Wright will continue in the competition for approximately 7,600 National Merit Scholarships, worth approximately $31 million, that will be offered next spring.
These Cooper students are among 105 members of Cooper’s Class of 2020. They are among 16,000 Semifinalists named from academically talented high school seniors from around the country by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.
About 1.5 million juniors from more than 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test that serves as an initial screen of program entrants.
A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. Over 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and about half of the Finalists.
National Merit Scholarship Corporation
Names 12 Cooper Seniors Commended Students
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has recognized 12 students from The John Cooper School Class of 2020 as Commended Students in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. Approximately 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.
Seniors Logan Bell, Pranik Chainani, Paige Cromley, Brooke DeMarco, Quinlin Dixon-Lim, Cadan Hanson, Jared Ramirez, Jackson Reid, Jane Ritch, Avery Schlichter, Christopher Seymour and Rishi Wahi were sent a Letter of Commendation and named Commended Students in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. Commended Students are recognized for their exceptional academic promise based on results of taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.