Two Casady seniors, Survaish Khastgir and Eliza Robertson, are among 15,000 students across the country to be named finalists for the prestigious National Merit Scholarship.
"Survaish's and Eliza's accomplishment reinforces Casady's long, venerated tradition of producing scholars with a real zest and enthusiasm for both rigorous and vigorous learning," said College Counseling Director Josh Bottomly.
All winners of Merit Scholarship awards are chosen from the Finalist group, based on their abilities, skills and accomplishments–without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference. A variety of information is available for NMSC selectors to evaluate: the Finalist's academic record, information about the school's curricula and grading system, two sets of test scores, the high school official's written recommendation, information about the student's activities and leadership, and the Finalist's own essay.
Survaish and Eliza will vie for one of 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered in the spring. Casady has graduated more than 70 National Merit Scholars between 2001 and 2012.