Honors and Awards

10/13/2016 - October 15, 2016 : 3 PHS Students named Semifinalists and 8 recognized as Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program

Three students from Pomperaug High School have been named 2017 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

The students are:

Henry Hu

Andrew Kelbley

Hayley McClure

The road to becoming a semifinalist began in 2015 when these students took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) – a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants in more than 22,000 high schools  – and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.

The nationwide pool of Semifinalists represents less than one percent of all U.S. high school seniors.  Approximately 16,000 semifinalists across the country were named. 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.  

These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring.  To become a finalist, the semifinalist and his or her high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.  

In addition, 8 students from Pomperaug High School were recognized as Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Program:

Jason Anderson

Sarmed Imadulla

Tanishq Kancharla

Rebekah Kennedy

Samantha Lee

Connor O’Sullivan

Elisabeth Turner

Austin Wang

Click here to learn more about the National Merit Scholarship Program.