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Stamford Students Achieve Honors In Scholarship Programs

Stamford's Westhill High School
Stamford's Westhill High School Photo Credit: File

STAMFORD, Conn. – Stamford Public Schools have announced several semifinalists in various scholarship programs.

Natalie Skigen from Westhill High School has been named a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Thomas Miller from the Academy of Information Technology & Engineering (AITE) was designated a semifinalist in the 51st National Achievement Scholarship Program.

Both programs are run by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. Students are selected based on scores achieved on the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Skigen is among the top 16,000 students who have earned the opportunity to continue to compete for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $33 million that will be offered next spring.

Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and more than half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title. Miller is among 1,600 black American high school seniors named as a semifinalist and has an opportunity to continue to compete for about 800 Achievement Scholarship awards worth $2.5 million that will be offered next spring.

Stamford Public Schools also congratulated 13 additional seniors who were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. as Commended Students. Commended students placed among the top five percent of the more than 1.4 million students who entered the 2015 competition.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are recognized for their exceptional academic promise.

Commended students are:

Academy of Information Technology & Engineering

  • Maigh Attre
  • Boone Ayala
  • Michelle Printsev

Stamford High School

  • Rebecca L. Rakowitz
  • Ethan Tom

Westhill High School

  • Jessica G. Chen
  • Leshan Fang
  • Maitreyee Kale
  • Sarah M. Lederman
  • Calvin Macdonald
  • Jonathan Pollack
  • Lauren D. Schechter
  • Nikita A. Zemlevskiy

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