Burlington High School senior Alex Wick has been recognized as a semifinalist in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. BHS is one of only 16 schools in the state to have a student recognized as a semifinalist.
Over 1.5 million juniors in nearly 21,000 high schools entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). From that number, 16,000 students, approximately one percent of the total, are named as semifinalists. About 15,000 of those students are expected to advance to the finalist level. Merit Scholar designees are selected based on their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.
Alex’s AP Calculus teacher, Mr. Amoah, had this to say about him: “In my AP calculus course last year, he readily assisted and collaborated with his peers in solving challenging problems. Alex is not afraid to take risks in the classroom. Mr. Wick’s ability to comprehend complicated structures and concepts in mathematics is a testament to his preparation and persistence.”