Cape Cod Academy senior Ryan Edmonds was recently named a National Merit Finalist. Finalists are chosen as the result of high test scores on the PSAT and SAT, outstanding academic achievement, and strong extracurricular activity participation. Mr. Edmonds, from Plymouth, was named a Semi-Finalist this past fall.
The National Merit Scholarship competition begins when students take the PSAT in the fall of their junior year. There are around 1.5 million entrants from across the United States in the competition every year and, from there, students with the highest PSAT or NMSQT selection index scores - which quantify critical reading, math and writing skills - qualify for the competition. Fewer than 1% of the 1.5 million test takers become National Merit Scholarship Finalists. Only two schools on Cape Cod can claim a National Merit Finalist this year: Cape Cod Academy and Falmouth High School.
"It is wonderful to see Ryan's scholastic abilities recognized at a national level," said Mr. Poskitt, Dean of Academics at Cape Cod Academy. "His natural talents and dedication to academics have rightly earned him a place among the nation's brightest. All of his hard work at CCA since Lower School plus the encouragement of his teachers have led to this prestigious honor."
Finalists like Ryan will be notified in the spring if they are selected to receive one of the National Merit’s post-secondary scholarships. The scholarships are awarded and supported by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, as well as businesses, colleges and universities throughout the country.
**Pictured: Ryan Edmonds '18 and Doug Poskitt, Academic Dean