Three St. Mary's Academy Seniors Win Top Honors as National Merit Scholars; Total of 7 Students Recognized


St. Mary’s Academy seniors Rishika Kartik, Emma Seneshen, and Natalie Tatar have been named National Merit Scholars by the National Merit Scholarship Program, the greatest number to be honored by the Academy in an impressive group of seven Academy students receiving special recognition from the program in this year's graduating class.

The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program, judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. 

Rishika will be attending Brown University with an independent major of Design, Disability and Education; Emma will be attending Duke University to study business; and Natalie will be attending Carleton College to study mathematics and philosophy and to play for the golf program.

Two other St. Mary’s Academy students were named as National Merit Finalists earlier this year, including Natalie Burnham and Julia Cole, and two additional students were named as National Merit Commended Scholars, including Carlyle Najarian and Anna Peragine, in recognition of their outstanding academic promise.

High school juniors entered the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. From the pool of Semi-Finalists, approximately half make it to Finalist level to be considered for scholarships and Merit Scholar distinction.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), a not-for-profit corporation that operates without government assistance, founded in 1955 specifically to conduct the National Merit Scholarship Program. The majority of scholarships offered each year are underwritten by approximately 400 independent corporate and college sponsors that share NMSC’s goals of honoring scholastically talented youth and encouraging academic excellence at all levels of education.