Nine Miramonte Students Qualify for National Merit

Kelly Cheng, Staff writer

This year, Miramonte recognizes nine seniors as semi-finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program, a competition which serves to commend students from all over the country for exceptional standardized test scores. High school students enter the program by completing the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) and by meeting specific participation requirements, including United States citizenship and enrollment as a high school student progressing toward graduation.

Earlier this month, each of the nine semi-finalists received acknowledgment for PSAT scores exceeding 222, the qualifying score for students in California. The designated students can now continue on into the program finals, in which they are eligible to win a National Merit $2500 Scholarship award, a college-sponsored Merit Scholarship, or a corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation evaluates a finalist based on academic records, standardized test scores, extracurricular activities, and a semi-finalist’s written essay. Selection committees also assess information about the school’s curriculum and grading system and must receive a high school official’s written recommendation. Below are the nine seniors recognized as National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists:


  1. Emmanuelle Calinescu
  2. Elliot Fong
  3. Max Han
  4. Brian Haufler
  5. Alexander Jang
  6. Eric Liu
  7. Sarah Rockwood
  8. Stephanie Sloves
  9. Benjamin Warren