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National Merit $2,500 Scholarship Winners Named

The National Merit $2,500 scholarship winners were announced today, They included five from Westport, three of whom attend Staples High School.

The winners:

Cordelia Chen, Staples High School; Probable career field: Undecided
Nora B. Dockter, Staples High School; Probable career field: Parks and Recreation
Henry C. Fisher, Hopkins School; Probable career field: Academia
Paz Elijah Meyers, Pierrepont School; Probable career field: Biomedicine
Benjamin A. Spector, Staples High School; Probable career field: Chemical Engineering

The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program, an announcement said.

National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners are the Finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors.

These Scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the Finalists and their high schools.

These include the academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®); 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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