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Four National Merit Scholarship winners from Stamford

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Middlebury College in mid-October

Middlebury College, a symbol of scholarship, in mid-October (Photo credit: bgblogging)

Well, we knew about the three Vikings vying for National Merit Scholarships, but it turns out there was a fourth Stamford resident in the running for a$2,500 National Merit Scholarship Corp. prize. And all four got them.

The NMSC announced the winners of the scholarships today and Westhill High seniors Claire Howlett and Luis Kumanduri, along with King’s Caroline Ryan all won. We have been tracking the trio of Vikings through the process as they made it through the finals and now, today, we see they won. But we didn’t realize that Zachariah Smart, a student at SAR High School in the Bronx was also a Stamford resident. He also won a scholarship Wednesday.

So congratulations to all four of the winners. Just to qualify for consideration is an accomplishment, and winning is something worth celebrating. So congratulations and good luck in the future:

Here’s the background on the awards and the competition for them, according to the NMSC.

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 offi cers and high
school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the
Finalists and their high schools: the academic record, including diffi culty level of subjects studied
and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and
community activities; an essay written by the Finalist; and a recommendation written by a high
school official.
This year’s competition for National Merit Scholarships began in October 2012 when
approximately 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools took the Preliminary SAT/National
Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program
entrants. Last fall, the highest-scoring participants in each state, representing less than one percent
of the nation’s high school seniors, were named Semifinalists on a state representational basis.
Only these 16,000 Semifinalists had an opportunity to continue in the competition.
From the Semifinalist group, 15,000 students met the very high academic standards and
other requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. By the conclusion of the
2014 program, about 8,000 Finalists will have earned the “Merit Scholar” title and received a
total of over $35 million in college scholarships.

Here’s the official list from Stamford of winners:

Claire Howlett STAMFORD
Probable career field: Public Policy
WESTHILL H. S., STAMFORD
NATIONAL MERIT $2500 SCHOLARSHIP
This award is supported by National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s own funds.

Luis Kumanduri STAMFORD
Probable career field: Computer Science
WESTHILL H. S., STAMFORD
NATIONAL MERIT $2500 SCHOLARSHIP
This award is supported by National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s own funds.

Caroline G. Ryan STAMFORD
Probable career field: Medicine
KING LOW HEYWOOD THOMAS, STAMFORD
NATIONAL MERIT $2500 SCHOLARSHIP
This award is supported by National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s own funds.

Zachariah R. Smart STAMFORD
Probable career field: Zoology
SAR H. S., BRONX, NY
NATIONAL MERIT $2500 SCHOLARSHIP
This award is supported by National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s own funds.

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