Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) seniors Alexander Szperka and Dean Suchsland have been named Semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit® Scholarship Program. Szperka and Suchsland were among approximately 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools who entered the 66th annual scholarship program by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screening of students.
Both Szperka and Suchsland were recently named 2020 Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars by the College Board. Szperka is an AP Scholar with Distinction, while Suchsland is an AP Scholar with Honor. Both students are also members of the National Honor Society.
Additionally, Szperka is a member of the Math Club, the Mock Trial Club, the Chess Club and Team and the Jazz Band. He is also a member of the William Jeanes Library Youth Advisory Board.
Suchsland is coordinator of the Class of 2020 Steering Committee, an officer of the Latin Club and member of the Interact Club. He is also a member of the Colonials Swimming Team and is a former national place winner with the Technology Student Association.
The nationwide pool of National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.
As Semifinalists, Szperka and Suchsland have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered next spring.