Brookwood School senior Audrey Johnson has been named a semifinalist in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Competition.
Her classmate, senior Caroline Wolff, has been recognized as a National Merit Commended Student.
Johnson is one of of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring.
To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.
Over 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.
Caroline Wolff is one of about 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation being recognized for exceptional academic promise. Although Commended Students will not continue in the 2019 competition in the National Merit Scholarship awards, they placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the PSAT/NMSQT.
Upper School Director David Grooms said Johnson and Wolff are bothexcellent students. “The recognition by National Merit Scholarship program is based on the results of the a single test taken during their junior years. However, their performance is influenced by their academic work over many years of education,” he said. “Their performance is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of not only Audrey and Caroline, but also their teachers.”
Headmaster Randy Watts echoed his pride for the students’ achievements.
“Audrey and Caroline have worked hard for this recognition,” he said.
“We know that this will be one of many successes that they will have duringtheir Senior Year. It
s also a reminder that Brookwood students do well on a national, as well as local level.”
Brookwood has a long tradition of educating National Merit Recognizedstudents; since 2008, Brookwood has yielded 19 Commended Scholars and four National Merit Finalists. On the whole, Brookwood students fare extremely well when compared to national averages.
Brookwood’s class of 2018 scored 225 points above the state average and 215 points above the national average on the SAT.
The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955.
High school students enter the program by taking the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.