FORT WORTH, Texas (December 4, 2023) – Eight (8) seniors at Fort Worth Country Day (FWCD) have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, including one National Merit Semifinalist and seven National Merit Commended Students. In addition, nine (9) FWCD juniors and seniors have been honored by the College Board National Recognition Programs.

The National Merit Semifinalist at Fort Worth Country Day is Arjun Vasudevan. Vasudevan scored in the top 1% of students across the nation who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). He is among 15 students from Fort Worth, 1,535 from the state of Texas, and 16,000 across the U.S. who were named National Merit Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Vasudevan now has the opportunity to advance to the Finalist level of the competition and compete for $28 million worth of Merit Scholarships.  

National Merit Commended Students at Fort Worth Country Day are Rhea Alexander, Jack Bradford, Blake Brown, Dabin Lee, Abigail Proell, Cal Stonesifer and James Thomas. These students scored among the top 5% of students across the nation who took the PSAT/NMSQT and are among 34,000 students across the U.S. who were recognized for exceptional academic promise.

In addition to FWCD’s eight National Merit seniors, nine FWCD juniors and seniors have been honored by the College Board National Recognition Program. These include:
  • National African American Recognition Award – Rising Huckaby, Jordan Jones and Alyssa Rollings
  • National Hispanic Recognition Award – Carolina Zamorano Beyart, Ginny Caceres, Lucas Callahan, Alexis Del Pozzo and Sofia Garcia
  • National Indigenous Award – Gage Stubbs
“We are immensely proud of the 17 FWCD students recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and College Board National Recognition Programs this year,” said Peggy Wakeland, head of upper school at Fort Worth Country Day. “Beyond their outstanding academic achievements, these student scholars exemplify leadership and serve as inspirations to their fellow students. Their dedication, both in and outside the classroom, to our time-honored 3 As – academics, arts and athletics – embodies the spirit of an FWCD education. It is exciting to watch them soar and know there is more greatness in store as they continue to make a positive impact in the community.”

Since 1963, Fort Worth Country Day has inspired the passion to learn, the courage to lead, and the commitment to serve through a program that fosters the intellectual, physical, emotional, and ethical development of its students. Situated on 104 acres in southwest Fort Worth, Fort Worth Country Day’s 220 faculty/staff members lead and teach grades JK-12. Offering a comprehensive college-preparatory curriculum, Fort Worth Country Day focuses on the 3A’s—academics, arts, and athletics—to bring balance to students’ experiences, provide opportunities to explore multiple interests, and thrive in a compassionate community. To learn more about Fort Worth Country Day, visit www.fwcd.org or www.Facebook.com/FortWorthCountryDay.

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