Five Waterford School Seniors Named 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program Finalists

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Waterford seniors Daniel Beesley, Isaiah Bennett, Sage Heuston, Kevin Chao, and Olivia Robson are five of 15,000 National Merit Scholarship Finalists.

Waterford Class of 2016

The National Merit Scholarship competition honors students who do exceptionally well on the PSAT exam. But these students -- like so many in this graduating class -- are much more than brilliant test-takers.

Five Waterford School seniors have been named as Finalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. Daniel Beesley, Isaiah Bennett, Sage Heuston, Kevin Chao, and Olivia Robson are among one percent of high school students in the United States to be awarded this honor.

This year, 15,000 finalists were named in the National Merit Scholarship Program’s 61st competition. A total of 1.5 million high school juniors initially entered the competition by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT (PSAT) test.

"The National Merit Scholarship competition honors students who do exceptionally well on the PSAT exam. But these students -- like so many in this graduating class -- are much more than brilliant test-takers," said Waterford Head of School Dr. Brandon Bennett. "They excel in the full range of liberal arts disciplines. They are outstanding writers, debaters, mathematicians, scientists, musicians, artists, and athletes. We are very proud of them."

To become a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program, students submitted detailed scholarship applications that included information about their academic records, co-curricular activities, leadership abilities, honors, awards and employment.

In March, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) will notify the 7,400 finalists selected to receive Merit Scholarship awards, worth $32 million.

The Waterford School

The Waterford School is a top college prep, liberal arts private school enrolling preschool and kindergarten, elementary, middle school and high school students from Salt Lake City, Holladay, Sandy, Draper, Park City, Utah County and throughout the Wasatch front.

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