Cook, Toor, Chen and Smith Finalists for National Merit Scholarship

 02/27/2018 - 02:44
Joshua Cook, Jack Toor, Andrew Chen and Valerie Smith are the National Merit Scholarship finalists from Saline High School.

Four members of the Saline High School class of 2018 are finalists for the National Merit Scholarship.

Andrew Chen, Joshua Cook, Valerie Smith and Jack Toor are among 15,000 finalists for the scholarship, This spring, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation will award $2,500 scholarships to 7,500 students. Perhaps more importantly for students hoping to get into prestigious college programs, they’ll earn the “Merit Scholar” title.

Last year about 1.6 million junior in more than 22,000 US high schools entered the scholarship program by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT. In September, the program announced the 16,000 semifinalists - the highest-performing students from each state.

Students hoping to become finalists were required to submit an application with details about their academic record, participation in school activities, leadership, employment and awards an honors. They were also required to write an essay and be endorsed by a high school official.

Saline High School Principal David Raft offered his unofficial endorsement Monday.

“These kids are talented, smart and dedicated to their academic pursuits and they deserve recognition,” Raft said.

Chen plans to study engineering or science at Princeton or the University of Michigan next year.

Toor is also planning to attend Princeton or the University of Michigan. He plans to study computer science or biology.

Smith plans to attend the University of Michigan or Stanford University next year to study biomedical or mechanical engineering.

Cook plans to attend the University of Michigan or Michigan State where he will study computer science or mechanical engineering.

Finalists should begin hearing if they’ve won the scholarship in March.


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