Ted Peterson '19 a Finalist for National Merit Scholarship


Ted Peterson '19 a Finalist for National Merit Scholarship

Ted Peterson '19 admired past National Merit Scholarship Finalists from Christ School.

Now he is one of them.

Assistant Headmaster Jeff Miles announced Friday that the Greenies have one of 15,000 nationwide Finalists – from the original entry pool of 1.6 million – still eligible for an award from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Ted received a certificate in the last Assembly before Spring Break.

"I saw (older) guys receive this during my time at Christ School. Guys I looked up to. It's pretty cool to join them," Ted said.

The senior from Fairview, N.C., plans to study Biomedical Engineering at Duke University. Ted is a member of the National Honor Society and has active roles in Christ School's Environmental Club, Rotary Interact Club, Medical Interest Club, and Veterans Service Club. He is one of the Greenies taking a student trip to the Galapagos Islands from March 2-9.

Semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship program represent less than one percent of all United States high school seniors and are determined by their performance on the Preliminary SAT. Christ School has produced nine National Merit Semifinalists since 2013 and six the past three years, the most of any North Carolina school (public, private, or charter) west of Charlotte.

As a Finalist, Ted is now competing for one of 2,500 National Merit Scholarships (valued at $2,500) that will be awarded on a state-representational basis. Additionally, about 1,000 corporate-based Merit Scholarships will be given out by approximately 230 corporations and business organizations. Finally, about 4,000 college-sponsored Merit Scholarships will be awarded to Finalists who attend those institutions.

Last year, Duke University freshman Bennett David '18 was a National Merit Scholarship winner from Christ School.