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SUA's Ragland Earns $2,500 National Merit Scholarship

Margaret Ragland

Saint Ursula Academy is proud of senior Margaret Kate Ragland ’22 who is the winner of a National Merit $2,500 Scholarship.  
Margaret was named one of 15,000 National Merit Finalists in April along with three SUA classmates. Now, she is one of just 2,500 Merit Scholar designees chosen from a talent pool of Finalists in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program.
National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners are the Finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors. These Scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the Finalists and their high schools: the academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®); contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the Finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official.
Margaret will attend Duke University in the fall and plans to study Engineering. 
She joins more than 362,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title since the recognition began.
(Photo courtesy of The New Studio)