Five Dunham Seniors Achieve National Merit Recognition 

Five Dunham Seniors Achieve National Merit Recognition 

September 20, 2022

The Dunham School is pleased to announce that seniors Jackson Ford, Jacob Rizzo, and Austin Stevens have been named as Semifinalists in the 68th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. In addition, seniors Elizabeth McDonald and Caylin Pixley have been named National Merit Commended Students. 

“We are incredibly proud of these five academically talented students who have earned National Merit recognition this year,” said Director of Upper School Amanda McIlwain. “Each of these students is an accomplished scholar; they also are highly competitive athletes, talented performers and leaders on our campus. These outstanding seniors embody the pursuit of excellence in all things which we value greatly at Dunham.” 

As three of the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship program, Ford, Rizzo and Stevens now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,250 National Merit Scholarships, worth nearly $28 million that will be offered in Spring 2023. 

High school students enter the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test (PSAT-NMSQT) in the fall of their junior year. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, which includes the highest scoring entrants in each state, represents less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors. 

Caylin Pixley '23
Elizabeth McDonald '23
Austin Stevens '23
Jake Rizzo '23
Jackson Ford '23

(2022 photos by Eye Wander Photo)

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