The National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP) named seven Chatham High School seniors National Merit Scholarship Finalists this week. The 2018 NMSP Finalists are as follows: Thomas Babiak, Catherine Healy, Jack Michalak, Robert Novak, Ritika Ramprasad, Indira Roy, and Emily Wang.

Students are selected for this honor based on their performance on the PSAT exam. Each high school student’s selective index is the sum of his writing, critical reading, and mathematics scores on this exam. These students’ selective indices placed them within the top 1 percent of students taking the exam nationally.

Each state has its own qualifying score, and New Jersey has one of the highest selective indices in the country. This accomplishment is commendable for any student, but it is particularly impressive here in New Jersey, given the higher qualifying score that students must obtain.

To become Finalists, these students completed an application process that included their high school transcripts, essays, and letters of recommendation from their school counselors.  Finalists are eligible to earn scholarship money through the National Merit Scholarship Program.