Senior Abigail Rosys is named National Merit Scholarship Finalist


Abigail Rosys, a senior at The Piarist School in Hagerhill and daughter of Gary and Jean Rosys, is one very happy student after being named a National Merit Scholarship Finalist. But, it is an honor that began for her over a year ago.

According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, roughly 1.6 million students take the PSAT each year. This test is the first step in a long process to this prestigious scholarship. From the over a million students, 16,000 are named Semifinalists. These Semifinalists must then go through an application process which includes writing essays, getting recommendations, and taking the SAT. Students who show a very high academic record and score well enough on the test will then be promoted to Finalist. From there 7,500 students are chosen as Merit Scholarship winners, and another 1,100 will be Special Scholarship recipients. 

The Rosys family certainly places a high importance on education. Abigail’s older brother, Stephen, graduated second of his class at Piarist and is currently studying at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. Her father teaches math at Piarist, where her two younger siblings attend as well. 

“Both of my parents have always encouraged me to do the very best I can,” said Abigail. “Now we’re just waiting for the final results to be released in May.”
Abigail isn’t just sitting around waiting on results, though. She is spending her time finishing her senior year and making some big college decisions. Abigail has narrowed her college choices down to St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN; Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY; and Centre College in Danville, KY, though she says there are still other possibilities. 

“We are all very excited to see where this road takes Abigail,” says Jennifer Harvey, one of Abigail’s teachers. “She’s always been an exceptional student to us, and it’s wonderful that the rest of the world is getting to see that as well.”