Pinkerton students receive National Merit Scholarship honors

DERRY — Pinkerton Academy Headmaster Timothy Powers and Dean of Students Susanne Tartarilla announce that four Pinkerton Academy students have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program for exceptional academic promise.

Ryan Sullivan of Derry has been named a semifinalist and will apply to be considered as a finalist in the scholarship program. Jawaria Ali of Hooksett, Jeremy Binda of Auburn, and James Flynn of Hampstead have been named Commended Students.

Sullivan is one of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. His application to be named a finalist will continue his consideration for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring.

Over 90% of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and about half of the finalists will be awarded scholarships from the program.

Ali, Binda, and Flynn join about 34,000 other Commended Students. Although they will not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who took the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

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