Two Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Finalists

We are pleased to announce seniors Lillian Didcock and Serena Gilani have been selected as finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

“The entire Eastside Catholic community is very proud of Lillian and Serena for being selected to the top 15,000 students in the U.S.,” High School Principal Barbara Swann said. “Both Serena and Lillian have exhibited meticulous attention to their studies to be recognized at this level of achievement. Congratulations ladies!”

Lillian Didcock, who resides in Sammamish, indicated she would like to pursue a degree in biomedical engineering with a minor in global health. “I would love to help with neglected tropical diseases and other underfunded illnesses,” Lillian said. She offered the following advice for younger students, “Anything is possible if you are willing to work for it. Using free time wisely and being your own biggest cheerleader is also really important.”

Also from Sammamish, Serena Gilani “plans to major in computer science and minor in business or public relations.” Her advice to younger students, “work hard and have fun!”

Approximately 1.6 million juniors entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The top 50,000 students with the highest PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index scores (calculated by doubling the sum of the Reading, Writing and Language, and Math Test scores) qualify for recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program. The National Merit finalists are among approximately 15,000 high school students nationally who made the list.