Special PhotoFour RMSST students were recognized as a National Merit Semifinalist and Commended Students. Left to right are Abigail Oser and National Merit Commended Students Shivam Vohra, Ian Westcott Sarah Goldgar. All four are Class of 2020 seniors at the Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology.

CONYERS — Four Rockdale County Public Schools students are among the top performers recognized this year in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Abigail Oser, a senior at Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology, was named a National Merit Semifinalist – part of an elite group of 16,000 identified out of 1.5 million students who entered in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Fellow RMSST seniors Sarah Goldgar, Shivam Vohra and Ian Westcott were named Commended Students in the program. Their scores on the 2018 PSAT test put them in the top 34,000 of all test takers.

RMSST Director Amanda Baskett said, “I am excited that Abigail, Sarah, Shivam, and Ian are being recognized through the National Merit program. They have worked diligently since ninth grade to challenge themselves within the classroom and through academic extracurricular teams. At Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology, we focus on preparing students to be STEM leaders in a time of accelerated change. Through their test scores, these students have demonstrated that they are performing at the top level nationally and ready to be leaders as they head to college.”

As a National Merit Semifinalist, Oser will have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. Over 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.