SUMMIT, NJ - Five Summit High School Class of 2019 students  -- Alexander McDonaldYulia KuzniarKelsey LeeSabrina Li and William Lusty -- have been named National Merit Scholarship finalists.

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.

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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.

In addition to the current accolades, data from the four years prior is as follows:

Class of 2018: 32 commended, of which there were 5 Semi-Finalists, resulting in 5 Finalists

Class of 2017: 31 commended, of which there were 5 Semi-Finalists, resulting in 5 Finalists

Class of 2016: 30 commended, of which there were 6 Semi-Finalists, resulting in 5 Finalists

Class of 2015: 14 commended, of which there were 7 Semi-Finalists, resulting in 7 Finalists