SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School senior Christopher Tsuchiya has been named a Finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s (NMSC) competition.

Christopher represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, and is one of the highest-scoring entrants in New Jersey. He now has the opportunity to receive a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship, in addition to scholarships from participating corporations, colleges and universities.

The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. Approximately 1.6 million high school students enter the program each year. Winners of Merit Scholarship® awards are chosen from the Finalist group based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments (without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference).

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Applicants are evaluated on a variety of information available for National Merit® Scholarship Programselectors:

  • Finalist's academic record,
  • Information about the school's curricula and grading system,
  • PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index score,
  • The high school official's written recommendation,
  • Information about the student's activities and leadership, and
  • The Finalist's own essay.  

"The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School community is proud of Christopher Tsuchiya and his academic success," said Dr. David Heisey, principal of SPFHS.

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