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Kirby Announces Four National Merit Scholarship Finalists and Two Commended Students

James Chen '23, Penelope Strong '23, Averie Huang '23 and Andrew Sylvester '23 have been selected as
National Merit Scholarship Finalists.

 Kirby students represent four of the five semifinalists in Santa Cruz County.
Jordan '23 and Bryony '23 have been selected as Commended Students.

High school juniors entered the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying  Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of finalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The roughly 15,000 National Merit Scholarship finalists represent less than one percent of all high school seniors.

Commended students are named based on a nationally applied Selection score that may vary from year to year. These students become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.

Congratulations to these incredible Kirby students!  


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