Churchville-Chili High School senior Sarah J. Naramore has been named a finalist in the prestigious 2019 competition for National Merit® Scholarships. Out of 1.6 million students nationwide who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) in 2018, only 1,500 have qualified for finalist status.
“Sarah is an extraordinary student,” said Principal Scott Wilson. “She has a gift for languages and has consistently challenged herself by taking on more academically, including advanced IB classes. She is very deserving of this honor.”
Naramore plans to pursue a career path in either foreign languages or comparative language arts, and is still evaluating colleges and universities.
Finalists are chosen based on their academic record, their high school’s curricula and grading system, two sets of test scores, a written recommendation from the high school, information about the student’s activities and leadership, and the finalist’s own essay. This spring, 7,500 National Merit Scholarships for $2,500, and 1,100 Corporate Merit or Special Scholarships, presented by participating colleges and businesses, will be awarded.
The National Merit Scholarship Program is one of the most prestigious academic competitions for recognition and scholarships. It was established in 1955 and performance on the test has been used as a benchmark by colleges and scholarship organizations for decades.
Photo: C-C student Sarah Naramore with Principal Scott Wilson and counselor Kate Krysty.