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Bronxville Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

Bronxville High School seniors Christopher Miller and Patrick Rich.
Bronxville High School seniors Christopher Miller and Patrick Rich. Photo Credit: Contributed

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – 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. Approximately 1.5 million juniors in about 22,000 high schools took the 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 will provide information about their academic record, participation in school and community activities, leadership abilities, employment and any honors and awards they’ve received.

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.”

For the last two years, Miller has tutored students in math, Latin, English, earth science and biology. He is the founding member and captain of the Mountain Biking Team, 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,” said Meyer. “Athletically, Patrick enjoys the level of discipline required of a cross-country runner, as well as the unparalleled camaraderie he finds through teamwork.”

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.

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