Sammamish, Wash., March 18, 2021 – Congratulations to seniors Jessica Bond (Kirkland resident), Michael De Vera (Kirkland resident) and Matthew Do (Bellevue resident) for being named National Merit Finalists in recognition of their outstanding academic achievements. Jessica, Michael and Matthew are among approximately 15,000 high school students nationally who made the National Merit Semifinal list.
High School Principal Ryan Aiello praised the students for their accomplishments, “Having now been honored as National Merit Finalists, Jessica, Michael and Matthew have now joined an even more select group of approximately 15,000 students nationwide who earn this designation. They are—and continue to be— exemplars of the rigor and value of an EC education.”
These academically talented seniors have an opportunity to compete for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth approximately $30 million that will be awarded in the spring of 2021.
The below information includes a potential field of study each student would like to pursue in college, where they would like to attend college and advice they would give younger students.
- Jessica Bond: Would like to study marine biology with a pre-med emphasis at USC. “Keep exploring passions with confidence and drive, and don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself and stand out.”
- Michael De Vera: Would like to study computer science at the University of Washington. “Try your best not to procrastinate, stay focused on the future, get lots of sleep, and if you want to get good at something, practice constantly.”
- Matthew Do: Would like to study physics and medicine and is undecided on a college or university he would like to attend. “[Younger students should] make sure they realize they can ask their teachers and fellow peers not only for academic advice, but also for advice on how to start working towards any personal goals.”
Over 1.5 million juniors in more than 21,000 high schools entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, 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. Merit Scholar Finalists will be selected based on their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies.