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Parnassus Preparatory School Student Named National Merit Finalist

Feb 21, 2019 12:44PM

Parnassus Preparatory School 12th grader Ryan Friess was recently named as a National Merit Scholarship Finalist. 

“The Parnassus staff and I are extremely proud of Ryan for receiving this distinction,” Parnassus Preparatory School Executive Director Constance Ford said. “Being named as a National Merit Finalist is a testament to Ryan’s scholarship and his remarkable work ethic. He excels in all areas of his studies at our classical school and we are excited to see what his future holds.”

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. Students apply by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), usually in their third year of high school. 

Friess was one of 15,000 students nationwide to advance to the finalist stage. 

In order to become a finalist, the selected students have to complete a detailed scholarship application that details the students’ academic record, participation in extracurricular activities and community service, leadership abilities, employment, and any honors or awards received. Semifinalists must also write an essay, sit for the SAT exam, and receive a qualifying SAT score. 

In addition to being named a National Merit Finalist, Friess has previously earned national recognition on both the National Latin Exam and the National Greek Exam, receiving two perfect scores on varying levels of the National Latin Exam. 

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