Congratulations to senior Addison Lewis who was named a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist in recognition of her outstanding academic achievements. Addison is among approximately 16,000 high school students nationally who made the National Merit Scholarship Semifinal list.
"We are so proud of Addison’s amazing accomplishment," High School Principal Ryan Aiello said. "Less than 1% of students nationwide earn this incredible honor, and it speaks to Addison’s preparedness, intellect and academic acumen. She is a shining example of the tremendous value of EC’s academic programming."
Addison has an opportunity to compete for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth approximately $30 million that will be awarded in the spring of 2022. About 95% of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and roughly half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship.
When asked about her goals, Addison said, "I plan to follow a pre-med track in college, most likely majoring in biology and, possibly, minoring in psychology. In terms of colleges that I plan to attend, I’m not completely sure, but Santa Clara is a high contender, as it is both my father’s and grandfather’s alma mater."
Addison also provided advice that she would give to younger students: "Don’t disregard the importance of your mental health. Even as you push yourself academically and in other regards, remember that things like your grades and how many activities you participate in are not tied to your worth. It’s okay to let yourself rest and know how much you can handle. And, when you’re not doing okay, don’t underestimate how much telling someone in your life and/or seeking the advice of a professional can help you."
About 1.5 million students became eligible for the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, 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. National Merit Scholarship Finalists will be selected based on their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies.