Sandia Prep Students Recognized by National Merit Scholarship Program

Senior Ramona Delyser ’22 has made it to the National Merit Scholarship (NMS) semifinalist round! The NMS is a prestigious academic contest awarding high school seniors with college scholarships based on their PSAT/NMSQT scores and their overall academic and extracurricular performance. About 1.5 million students vie for the scholarship every year and only 16,000 students make it to the semifinals. Ramona says she was in a qualifying position when she took her PSAT junior year but “tried not to stress too much about it.” Her preparation for both the PSAT and SAT exams helped her get this far. She has one more application to complete for the finals and will be strongly endorsed by Head of School Bill Sinfield as part of the process. Ramona wants to major in civil engineering and has been researching campuses like Rice and Columbia University. While awaiting the results of the NMS, she’s remained very active at Prep as a volleyball player and Empower Prep member. The Prep community wishes Ramona all the best as she vies for this impressive honor. Additionally, senior Estevan Ortega ’22 is also being lauded by the NMS. Estevan scored particularly well on his PSAT/NMSQT and, as a result, he has been recognized as a Commended Student by the NMS governing board. Both he and Ramona will be feted at the end of the school year in an award presentation specifically for National Merit Scholarship participants.