Northwood, New Hampshire…Headmaster David S. Smith of Coe-Brown Northwood Academy announced today that Nikhil Chavda and John Zhang have been named as Semifinalists in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program, while Megan Adams has been named a Commended Student for her exceptional academic promise. In addition, six CBNA students have been awarded the National Rural and Small Town Award through the College Board National Recognition Programs, including Megan Adams, Ella Brooks, Drew Clinch, Brady Kouchoukos, Emma Larson, John Zhang. Letters of recognition have been presented to these scholastically talented seniors.
Officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently announced the names of over 16,000 Semifinalists in the 68th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, including those of Chavda and Zhang. 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 in the 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% 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.
Adams is one of 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation who are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2023 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 students who entered the 2023 competition by taking the 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
The National Rural and Small Town Award is one of four in the National Recognition Program, which includes three others that recognize students of Hispanic, African American, or Indigenous heritage. Adams, Brooks, Clinch, Kouchoukos, Larson and Zhang were all recognized through the National Rural and Small Town award for being academically competitive underrepresented students. Students who may be eligible for this recognition have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and have excelled on the PSAT/NMSQT, or earned a score of 3 or higher on two or more AP Exams; and attend school in a rural area or small town.
Coe-Brown Northwood Academy
Coe-Brown Northwood Academy strives to produce graduates who are academically and socially prepared to be responsible, caring and contributing members of the global society.
Founded in 1867, Coe-Brown Northwood Academy is a comprehensive secondary institution offering the highest quality curriculum of studies to the residents of Northwood, Strafford, and surrounding towns, as well as matriculated day students from further afield. The State of New Hampshire certifies Coe-Brown Northwood Academy as a “Public Academy” with public school approval. Our educational programs and opportunities are accessible to both traditional and non-traditional learners, responsive to the diverse needs of an ever-changing community, and consistent with state and federal laws supporting the education of our youth.
The Academy offers a curriculum of studies which is consistent with these premises and the laws of the State of New Hampshire. This curriculum, woven into a coordinated course of study, will enable all students to realize their potential and prepare them for their chosen endeavors upon graduation. The expertise of faculty and staff permits course offerings to develop the full potential of all students, whether they be educationally advantaged or challenged. It is then incumbent on the students to be academically diligent, consistent in attendance, and positive in attitude to successfully complete their chosen course of studies.
Coe-Brown Northwood Academy is located at 907 First NH Turnpike, in Northwood, New Hampshire, on the shores of beautiful Harvey Lake. For further information about the school, please call 603-942-5531 or visit our website at www.CoeBrown.org.