Two Hanover Park Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Finalists

Melinda Genberg and Bryant Har

EAST HANOVER — Melinda Genberg and Bryant Har were named as finalists for this year’s National Merit Scholarship Program.

“Our students have proven themselves to be outstanding scholars whose efforts have been recognized by being ranked among the top 15,000 National Merit Finalists who took the PSAT in October of 2020,” said Thomas Callanan, Principal. “I applaud our students’ efforts and congratulate them for accomplishing this truly significant achievement.”

Placement in the NMSP is derived from performance on the preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) and an initial screen of program entrants. The two students named this year took those tests in October 2020. They are among 1.5 million students in 22,000 high schools across the country that entered the program when taking the screening tests during their junior year.

“I am extremely proud of Melinda and Bryant. This achievement is a testament to their hard work and dedication to their academic studies”, said Thomas Callanan, Principal of Hanover Park High School. “They represent the best that this school has to offer and I commend them for their scholarship, leadership, and service to the Hanover Park community.”

The awards are supported by independent sponsors and by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Finalists can earn up to $2,500 in scholarship money from the program’s National Merit scholarships, corporate-sponsored merit scholarship awards, and college-sponsored merit scholarship awards.