Six Wheeling Park High School Students Are National Merit Finalists

Photo Provided Wheeling Park High School’s National Merit Scholarship finalists, from left, are Fiona Zhang, Abbey Delk, Katherine Leary, Sarah Ihlenfeld, Paushaly Sau and Mary Prather.

Each of the six Wheeling Park High School seniors named in September as National Merit Scholarship semifinalists are now finalists for the coveted honor.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently named Patriot seniors Abbey Delk, Sarah Ihlenfeld, Katherine Leary, Mary Prather, Paushaly Sau and Fiona Zhang as six of the 15,000 finalists in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. All of them were students at Triadelphia Middle School.

Wheeling Park High School Guidance Counselor Eric Francis said becoming a National Merit finalist is an amazing academic achievement. He said he also believes each has the potential to be named as one of the 7,000 National Merit Scholarship winners who will collectively receive an estimated $33 million in scholarships this spring.

“We were confident that each of them would be named as finalists,” Francis said. “They’ve worked hard for it, and they truly deserve it. Wheeling Park High School is proud of them, and we believe they now deserve to be named as National Merit Scholarship winners.”

About 1.4 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

The pool of semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.