Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) seniors Devon Moore and Sarina Smith have been recognized as National Merit Commended Scholars by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Moore and Smith were among the nearly 34,000 students who were among the top 50,000 scorers of the approximately 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools who entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).
Both Moore and Smith are Distinguished Honor Roll students and members of the National Honor Society. Moore is also a four-year member of the swimming team, the president of the Mock Trial Club and the Gay-Straight Alliance and Vice President of the Intersectional Feminists Club.
Smith is the founder and president of the Mental Health Awareness Club as well as a member of the Principal's Leadership Council, the Environmental Club and the Spanish Club. She is also a writing fellow and writer for the Town Crier, the school newspaper. Smith works as a tutor outside of school.
Previously, seniors Spencer Berg, Hana Kenworthy and Derek Nam were named National Merit Semifinalists for scoring among the top one percent of those who took the 2017 PSAT/NMSQT®. They now have a chance to be finalists and receive scholarship funds. Since 2009, PWHS has 76 National Merit Commended Scholars and 24 National Merit Scholar Finalists.