SUMMIT, NJ - Marking the first time in recent memory, Summit High School Class of 2019 senior Kelsey Lee has been named a National Merit Scholar. The Kent Place Boulevard campus has produced 27 National Merit Scholarship Finalists since 2015 -- including five this year -- but Lee becomes the first student during that time to obtain the ultimate honor.
Lee, an accomplished pianist, is set to enroll at the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, this fall.
During the 2017-18 school year, Summit High School juniors took the PSATs. Twenty-seven (27) were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program as either National Hispanic Scholars, Commended Students, or Semi-Finalists in the Fall of 2018.
Students identified as Semi-Finalists had to submit their SAT scores, have an outstanding academic record, and be endorsed by a high school administrator in order to be considered for a Finalist position. Additionally, Semi-Finalists had to submit an application with their transcripts, provide a listing of extracurricular and/or volunteer activities, and write an essay. Once selected as Finalists, students are eligible to earn scholarships.
Of the 15,000 Finalists across the United States, about 7,500 get a scholarship that falls into one of the following categories: National Merit $2,500 Scholarship, Corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship, and College-sponsored Merit Scholarship.