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Four students from Evanston schools – Evanston Township High School, Beacon Academy and Roycemore School – are among this year’s National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners. The students were chosen from more than 15,000 finalists in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program. They are:
- Sophie Lammers, ETHS
- George Weiler, ETHS
- Anneke Stracks, Beacon Academy
- Nikola (Nino) Maruszewski, Roycemore School
The National Merit $2,500 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, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Those who select the winners evaluate a variety of information: the finalist’s academic record, information about the school’s curricula and grading system, two sets of test scores, a high school official’s written recommendation, information about the student’s activities and leadership and the finalist’s own essay.
This year’s competition began in the fall of 2020 when more than 1.5 million juniors in approximately 22,000 high schools took the preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served to screen program entrants. In the fall of 2021, the highest-scoring participants in each state, representing less than 1% of the nation’s high school seniors, were named semifinalists on a state-representational basis.
For more information, visit the National Merit Scholarship Corporation website.