UPDATED: Wilmington’s Elisabeth Hayduk & Nikos Koss Named National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists

Below is a press release from Wilmington High School:

WILMINGTON, MA — On September 14, 2022 the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC®) announced the names of over 16,000 Semifinalists in the 68th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Wilmington High School is proud to recognize two students who have been named 2023 National Merit Semifinalists: Elisabeth Hayduk and Nikos Koss.

Elisabeth Hayduk is a dedicated and accomplished National Honor Society student whose academic focuses have been in the areas of mathematics, science, and French. She has also sought out opportunities to further explore two of her passions: the visual and performing arts, both inside and outside of the school day. Engaging in and leading activities of the Art  and Photo Club, playing violin with the NMYO Youth Orchestra, taking private music lessons, tutoring aspiring young musicians, painting commissioned dog portraits; all are a sampling of her engagement in creative endeavors. Elisabeth also finds time to participate and volunteer within a range of activities at WHS, the local library, and other organizations. At this time Elisabeth is considering focusing her future studies in the STEM field.

Nikos Koss is an accomplished student across the curriculum. His intellectual curiosity has led him to dig deeper into areas of interest, including mathematics, science and Spanish. He has earned numerous accolades, including induction in the National Honor Society and recipient of a National Spanish Exam Junior Travel Scholarship. Just as his academic pursuits are vast and varied, so are his extracurricular endeavors. Nikos is engaged in numerous clubs, including but not limited to, Garden Club, World Cultures Club and DECA.. He has served in numerous leadership roles including Project Manager for the WHS Robotics Team. Nikos is passionate about all he takes part in, including his volunteer work with the Massachusetts Audubon Society and his part-time job at Whole Foods. He is currently considering a variety of fields of study in the future including economics, civil engineering, and urban planning.

Semifinalists in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program Steps in the 2023 Competition High school juniors entered the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants.

These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,250 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $28 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 95 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and approximately half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2023 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join nearly 368,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

Merit Semis

Image courtesy of WHS Principal Gendron’s Twitter account.

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