Five Jersey City students score among 1% in the nation on PSAT/NMSQT exam


Five Jersey City students scored among one percent on the nation on the PSAT/NMSQT exam, making them semifinalists in the 68th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The students are recognized for outstanding achievement on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) in 2021. The PSAT/NMSQT is the qualifying test for entry to the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Four of the five local semifinalists are from McNair Academic High School: Ashita Birla, Jedrik Digao, Alvin Mak, and Saket Ram. The fifth, Akshat G. Agarwal, currently attends St. Peter’s Preparatory School.

About 16,000 semifinalists were identified from across the country earlier this month and over 15,000 will be notified they advance to finalist in February.

The National Merit Scholarship Program will be allocating nearly $28 million in the spring.

“We are very proud of our students and their academic accomplishments,” Brother Christopher Hall, Assistant Superintendent of High Schools for the Archdiocese of Newark, said in a statement.

“These students bring great pride and recognition to our Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Newark. We wish them the best of luck as they continue to work through the National Merit Scholarship Program’s rigorous application process.”

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