Emily Chong, Anny Huang, Delaney Miller and Soren Schlassa of Pacific Ridge School have been named Semifinalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. Of the 1.5 million high school students who take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, just 16,000 score high enough to receive the distinction of Semifinalist.
Additionally, Pacific Ridge student XhiDae Otam has been named a Semifinalist in the 2014 National Achievement Scholarship Program. He is one of only 1,600 Black American high school seniors whose 2012 PSAT scores earned Semifinalist recognition.
All of the Semifinalists excel both in and outside of the classroom.
Soren Schlassa is a member of both the National Honor Society and the National Spanish Honor Society, a four-time member of the Dean’s List, winner of Pacific Ridge School’s 2013 Academic Excellence award and 2011 Founder’s award, and a member of the Study for Exceptional Talent at Johns Hopkins University. He is also involved with Model United Nations, Science Olympiad and school musicals.
Delaney Miller’s achievements include membership in National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society. She has been named to the Dean’s List each year of her high school career, is a Harvard Book Award recipient, and an AP Scholar with Distinction. Miller also runs varsity track and is captain of the Pacific Ridge cross-country team. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Global Vantage magazine, a member of the varsity Academic League Team, and participates in the Blue Key Program as a mentor for underclassmen. Miller is interested in studying biomedical or chemical engineering in college.
Anny Huang is involved with service-learning group Lingo Online, which provides free English lessons to students around the world via Skype. She has been named to the Dean’s List, is captain of the junior varsity Academic league team and tutors students in her free time. Huang is interested in pursuing linguistics research in college.
Emily Chong is captain of the varsity track and field team and co-captain of the cross-country team. She is in robotics club, serves as a peer-to-peer tutor, is a Pathmaker intern at Palomar Hospital and participates in the Lingo Online service-learning group. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the National Chinese Honor Society, the Spanish Honor Society, and the Dean’s List. She hopes to study Biological Sciences in college in pursuit of a career in medicine.
XhiDae Otam is a member of the National Chinese Honors Society, and recipient of the Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award. He is also a member of Pacific Ridge’s Advanced Theater class, which recently received the honor of an invitation to perform at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.
According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, approximately 15,000 students are expected to advance to the Finalist level of the National Merit Scholarship Program, and 1,300 are expected to advance to the Finalist level of the National Achievement Scholarship Program. Advancement for both programs requires submitting a detailed scholarship application, maintaining an outstanding academic record, endorsement from a high school official, and SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. Finalists will compete for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 million, and some 800 National Achievement Scholarships worth about $2.5 million, to be offered next spring.
–Pacific Ridge School press release