Bronxville Union Free School District

Bronxville Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

Bronxville High School seniors Christopher Miller and Patrick Rich have qualified as National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists. They are among 16,000 students in the running for about 7,400 scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.  

Miller and Rich are among a small percentage of students from across the country with the highest PSAT scores. Approximately 1.5 million juniors in about 22,000 high schools took the qualifying Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test last year. Students with the highest scores were chosen to advance to the semifinals.

In order to advance to the finals, Miller and Rich must submit a detailed scholarship application in which they provide information about their academic record, participation in school and community activities, leadership abilities, employment, and any honors and awards they’ve received. They need to have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed by a high school official, write an essay and earn SAT scores commensurate with their earlier performance on the qualifying test.

Bronxville High School Principal Ann Meyer spoke highly of both students.

“Chris is a leader in every sense of the word,” she said. “Not only is he intellectually gifted but he is always a role model to others. He puts forth a hundred percent of his heart and soul into whatever it is he undertakes. He takes all of his responsibilities seriously and is passionate about helping others.”

Besides academics, Miller is deeply involved with the community and school activities. For the last two years he has tutored students in math, Latin, English, earth science and biology. He is the founding member and captain of the Mountain Biking Team, as well as a member of the Bronxville Youth Council, Young Politician’s Club, AFYA Club, Environmental Club and Model UN. For the last three years, he attended the Tanzania trip where he worked in a children’s orphanage.

Rich, who spent two years of his high school career in Switzerland and a third in North Carolina, is new to Bronxville High School.

“He never backs down from an academic challenge pursuing intellectual interests both inside and outside of the classroom,” Meyer said. “Athletically, Patrick enjoys the level of discipline required of a cross-country runner, as well as the unparalleled camaraderie he finds through teamwork.”

About 90 percent of National Merit Semifinalists will advance to the finals. National Merit Scholarship Corporation officials say the number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

Finalists will be announced in February, while scholarship winners will be announced in the spring.

An additional 34,000 students were designated as Commended Students by the NMSC, but they will not advance in the scholarship competition. Bronxville’s Commended Students are Cameron Adamiyatt, William Anderson, Matthew Bettino, Caroline DePaul, Alessandra Diaz, Christopher Gay, Lauren Gray, Nicola Phillips, Nicholas Saluti, Daniel von Albade and Trevin Winston.