Auburn students named National Merit Scholars

Five Rockford Auburn High School seniors — Matthew Eighmy, Samantha George, Abid Haseeb, Andrew Hudson and Lloyd Sy — have been offered National Merit Scholarships, a prestigious honor given to the country’s top students.

The students completed a rigorous application process and are among the 8,300 students who will receive a share of the $35 million that will be awarded as part of the 57th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

The field of potential scholars began with 1.5 million juniors who took the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Only 16,000 students, including six from Auburn, went on to become semifinalists. (That group represented less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors and included the highest-scoring students from each state.)

Judges selected scholarship winners based on a number of factors, including academic records, recommendation letters, student essays, performance on college entrance exams, and extracurricular activities and leadership.

Eighmy and Sy were honored as two of 2,500 students who received the National Merit $2,500 Scholarship. Eighmy plans to study international relations and business at the University of Southern California. Sy will study medicine at Brown University.

George received the National Merit University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Scholarship. She plans to study medicine in the fall. Hudson received a National Merit Scholarship from the University of Southern California, where he will study mathematics. Haseeb was offered a National Merit Scholarship from the University of Illinois. He has decided to attend Brown University.

From the May 30-June 5, 2012, issue

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