2014 National Merit Scholarship Program Semi-Finalists, Commended Students and Hispanic Scholars are named from the Academy of the Holy Angels

September 2013

Demarest, New Jersey – Academy of the Holy Angels Principal, Jennifer Moran, announced that two AHA seniors, Adrianna Bergstein (Tenafly) and Lydon Kersting (Park Ridge), were named as Semi-Finalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. These talented students will be eligible to compete for the National Merit Scholarships to be offered next spring. Only about 16,000 of the 1.5 million students who took the qualifying exam last year are eligible to compete in the final competition. In addition, the following eight  AHA seniors from Holy Angels achieved the status of  Commended Student: Seoyeon Cho (Pomona, NY), Lily Cunniff (Harrington Park), Amanda Kelly (Englewood), Anne Loftus (Pearl River, NY), Jessica McCann (Cresskill), Dylann McLaughlin (Demarest), Morgan Mellas, (Wyckoff), and Kira Pusch (Tappan, NY).  Commended Students, of which there are about 34,000, placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 competition by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.  “Recognizing academically talented students plays a fundamental role in the advancement of educational excellence within our nation, commented an NMSC spokesperson. “We sincerely hope this recognition will provide them with additional educational outlets and motivate them in their pursuit of academic achievement.”

AHA was also recently notified that four of its seniors, Adrianna Bergstein (Tenafly),  Kiara Quinones (Teaneck), Danielle Pavon (Orangeburg, NY) and Elle Infante (Demarest) were named Hispanic Scholars by The National Hispanic Recognition Program. This program is available to Americans of Hispanic background who entered the program by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/national Merit Scholarship Qualifying Exam. The National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) was initiated in 1983 to identify outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students. Each year, the NHRP honors about 5,000 of the highest-scoring students from over 250,000 Hispanic/Latino students who take the PSAT/NMSQT.  Principal Jennifer Moran congratulated all these students on their outstanding academic achievement.

National Merit 2014

Pictured from L to R are: AHA President Sister Patricia Murphy, SSND, Morgan Mellas, Jessica McCann, Amanda Kelly, Kira Pusch, Dylann McLaughlin, Anne Loftus, and AHA Principal Miss Jennifer Moran. Seated left to right are Lydon Kersting, Adrianna Bergstein, Andrea Seoyeon Cho, and Lily Cunniff.

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