Marshall Fundamental Senior Kachik Ashkaryan Named A 2018 National Merit Scholar in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program

Published : Friday, May 11, 2018 | 2:29 PM

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela

National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced this year’s National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners on Wednesday, May 9th. Among the 7,500 National Finalists who have earned the “Merit Scholar” title was Marshall Fundamental’s Class of 2018 Senior, Kachik Ashkaryan.

Kachik is looking forward to attending college as he prepares for his freshman year at the University of Pennsylvania. During his time at Marshall, outside of academics some of the activities Kachik was involved with included Marching Band, Jazz Band, Key Club, the National Honors Society, and the Armenian Club.

The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners are the Finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors. These Scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the Finalists and their high schools: the academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the Finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official.

Congratulations to Kachik Ashkaryan, John Marshall Fundamental Secondary School Senior and National Merit Scholar. Kachik joins the ranks of many National Merit Scholars, including these more notable scholars. Bill Gates (1973) Business Leader and Entrepreneur; Mae Jemison (1973), the first African-American female astronaut; and M. Night Shyamalan (1988), film director and screenwriter.
Kachik, go out and change the world!

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