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6 Mason Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Finalists

The George Mason National Merit Scholars are (l to r) Jonathan Gilmour, Mary Keenan, Arijeet Sensharma, Benjamin Cohen, Orion Date and Michael Winters. (Photo: Courtesy of FCCPS/John Wesley Brett)
Mason counselor Brad McAdam (far left) and Principal Ty Byrd (far right) with the Mason National Merit Scholars (l to r) Jonathan Gilmour, Mary Keenan, Arijeet Sensharma, Benjamin Cohen, Orion Date and Michael Winters. (Photo: Courtesy of FCCPS/John Wesley Brett)

All six George Mason High School seniors who were previously named semifinalists in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program have advanced to the next level of the program.

The students – Benjamin Cohen, Orion Date, Jonathan Gilmour, Mary Keenan, Arijeet Sensharma and Michael Winters – were chosen for academic accomplishments, now have a chance at getting one of 7,600 scholarships. Together the scholarships total around $33 million.

About 90 percent of semifinalists advance to the finalist round and more than half of the finalists will earn a National Merit Scholarship.

High school juniors enter the competition by scoring well on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarships Qualifying Test; semi-finalists are named at the beginning of the students’ senior year. About 1.4 million students entered the competition last year representing more than 22,000 high schools.

Three types of Merit Scholarships will be offered this spring: a Merit Scholarship, a corporate-sponsored Merit scholarship and a college-sponsored Merit scholarship. For more information, visit nationalmerit.org.