Five MMI Preparatory School juniors will receive 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program recognition after placing among the top 50,000 out of 1.5 million participants on the qualifying test.
Ali Aijaz, Anirban Chowdhury, Allison McGeehan, Samuel Sessock and Nicholas Young finished among the top 50,000 nationwide on the Preliminary SAT (PSAT)/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT). All five students recorded a Selection Index score of 209 or above and have the opportunity to be one of the 16,000 students who will be named National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists in September.
The 16,000 National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists will represent the top scorers in each state. Approximately 34,000 additional students will be recognized as commended students. Semifinalists will have an opportunity to continue in the competition to obtain one of more than 7,000 National Merit Scholarships that will be offered in 2017.
Ali Aijaz is the son of Fakhruddin and Dr. Naghma Aijaz, Mountaintop; Anirban Chowdhury is the son of Bhaskar and Saumitri Chowdhury, Hazle Township; Allison McGeehan is the daughter of Thomas and Sandra McGeehan, Drums; Samuel Sessock is the son of Jennifer and James Denion, Freeland, and the late John Sessock; and Nicholas Young is the son of Christian and Nicole Young, Freeland.