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2021 National Merit Scholarship Finalists Named

Congratulations to these CHS students who have been named the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Finalists:

  • Koray S. Akduman
  • Luka S. Bassnett
  • Madeline Blatt
  • Pablo J. Buitrago
  • Josephine E. Gillette
  • Jack L. Hansell
  • Grace N. Homann
  • Danika Li
  • William C. Redington
  • Saida C. Robles-Razzaq


The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition where students can potentially get recognition and qualify for scholarships based on their PSAT score. High school students can become eligible for the program by first taking the Preliminary SAT (PSAT)/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT).


The PSAT/NMSQT has questions specific to the National Merit Scholarship Program, and students' responses to these questions help determine whether or not they qualify.


In February, about 15,000 Semifinalists advanced to Finalist standing. Within the Finalist group, winners are chosen for the Merit Scholarship based on their abilities, skills and accomplishments. About 7,500 finalists will be selected to receive a Merit Scholarship in between the beginning of March and mid-June.


Since its founding, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has recognized over 3.3 million students and provided some 449,000 scholarships worth over $1.8 billion.


We are very proud of our greyhounds for their hard work, dedication and commitment to their academic excellence.