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All Country Day National Merit Semifinalists Named as Finalists

In the fall, seniors Christian Fitzpatrick, Pooja Kantemneni, Victor Nica, Alistair Norwood, and Margaret Sprigg-Dudley were named semifinalists. Now, all five are in the finalist round and have a chance to be selected as scholarship winners.  

"For these five students, their recognition this fall as semifinalists and their new accomplishments as National Merit finalists - and the opportunity for scholarship money - is only one of many accolades in their successful academic journeys," said Head of Upper School Jenn Weinheimer. 

According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, over 95% of all semifinalists across the nation are named finalists. The organization is now working to narrow down 7,500 finalists to a more select group that will be awarded the National Merit Scholarship money.  

"These students are all members of Cum Laude and have taken some of the most challenging course loads offered at Country Day," said Weinheimer. "In addition, they have participated in various extracurricular programs and have served the school as leaders in the classroom and through clubs, competitions, and athletics. We are proud to call them members of the Country Day community, and we know they will continue to find success in college and beyond."