Six Students Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists


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Gulliver Preparatory School is proud to announce that Mark Dreicer Liberman ’22, Tori Hagenlocker ’22, Katie Lewis ’22, Daymara Nievesa ’22, and John Schappert ’22 have been selected as National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. Arul Shrivastava ’22 became Gulliver’s sixth semifinalist when his scores were transferred from the American Embassy School in New Delhi, India, to Gulliver Prep.

2021 National Merit Scholar Semifinalists

Semifinalists will work to complete their finalist applications in the coming weeks. Of the 50,000+ students who earned their way into the competition last spring, approximately 16,000 have been honored as semifinalists. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships.

In addition to our six semifinalists, nine members of the Class of 2022 earned Commendation in the National Merit Scholarship Competition: Tiago Abreu, Evan Abril, Lauren Bartel, Jason Fieler, Paulina Hernandez, Caroline-Marguerite Isom, Colin Lewis, Thiago Lorenzo, and Grant Pfeiffer.

The 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program began in October 2020 when over 1.5 million juniors in approximately 21,000 high schools took the PSAT/NMSQT. Judging criteria included a combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors who appraised the individual’s academic record. Specific criteria included difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official.



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