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Seven Byram Hills Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists

Seven seniors at Byram Hills High School have been named semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.

The students are Alan Chang, Joshua Freedman, Elyse Kanner, Emma Lucchino, David McDaniels, Jonah Schwam and Nicole Tissot.

“We are very proud of these students for this accomplishment,” Principal Christopher Walsh said. “It’s always great to have our students highlighted on a national level, and to have seven of our students ranked nationally speaks to the tremendous quality of education and support that we have here at Byram Hills.”

The Byram Hills students are among approximately 16,000 semifinalists, academically talented students who represent less than 1 percent of all high school seniors in the country and include the highest-scoring entrants from each state, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation said in a release.

They were chosen from more than 1.6 million high school juniors in about 22,000 schools across the country who took the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

More than 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to earn finalist standing, and about half of those will win a scholarship and the Merit Scholar title. The students are competing for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million, awards that will be announced in the spring and summer.

“We’re all very proud of you,” Dr. Michael McGrath, chairperson of the Guidance Department, told the Byram Hills semifinalists. “It’s a phenomenal honor.”

2018 National Merit Semi-FInalists


Seven Byram Hills High School seniors have been named National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists. Pictured here are, in front from left: Nicole Tissot, Emma Lucchino and Elyse Kanner, and in back from left: Alan Chang, Jonah Schwam, David McDaniels and Joshua Freedman