2021 National Merit Scholarship Program

Commended Students

In late September, it was announced that 29 Greeley seniors were recognized by the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program (by taking the 2019 PSAT/NMSQT) as a COMMENDED STUDENT on the basis of a nationally applied Selection Index score. They were among the 34,000 commended students throughout the nation being acknowledged for their exceptional academic promise. Congratulations to:

Nicolas Andreshak
Evan Bazel
Kaitlin Blakeslee
Caroline Bomback
William Brandes
Matthew Burack
Riley Card
Daniella Chung
Matthew Crowe
Ainsley Cunningham

Karinna Cvijanovich
Jack Engel
Andrew Fogarty
Matthew Ginsburg
Anna Hallac
Eliza Hawthorne
Benjamin Hirschfield
Jason Kang
Elizabeth Knox
Sabastian Kockler

Eleanor Lynch
Owen Parsons
Molly Pluta
Samuel Rosenberg
Monica Rosu
Daniel Seong
Zoya Yan
Rishi Young
Jonathan Zhou


Congratulations to the 20 Greeley students who were among the 16,000 high school seniors nationwide to be named a SEMIFINALIST in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Competition.

Akanksha Basil
Joseph Blair
Tuan Anh Dang
Caroline Gershman
Ryan Guber
William Hutchings
Valerie Lippin
Leona Liu
Kyle McAfee
Dina Millerman

Sumer Moudgill
Ishan Roy
Lori Saxena
Lauren Schmutz
Kayla Singer
Cadence Weddle
Jack Wei
Katharine Wohl
Thomas Ye
Morgan Ziegler

They received this distinction by scoring among the top 5% of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2021 scholarship program by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. 

To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT® or ACT® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.

Finalists will be announced in February 2021.