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Harrison Resident Named National Merit Scholar

RYE, N.Y. - School of the Holy Child senior Nikki Erlick, a Harrison resident, was named a National Merit Scholar on Wednesday, becoming one of only 2,500 students nationwide to receive the honor.

Erlick began her quest to achieving the honor as a junior when her pre-SAT scores qualified her and 1.5 million other students across the United States for a chance to receive the award. Erlick nailed the SAT and joined 15,000 students in the finals of the competition. National Merit Scholar judges look for students with the potential for success in "rigorous college studies." Erlick and the other winners were selected also based on their academic records, extracurricular activities, leadership positions and a recommendation.

Erlick, also a member of the National Honor Society, served as editor-in-chief of Holy Child's newspaper, and was co-captain of the Model UN Club and the tennis team. She also founded the Mandarin Club at the school and tutors middle-school students in math. Last year, the faculty at the school voted her to receive the Yale Book Award for "outstanding personal character" and "intellectual promise."

“Nikki is one of those students who will bring a love of learning, a quest for excellence and a wonderful work ethic to her collegiate experience," said Joanna Broda, director of guidance and college counseling at Holy Child, in a news release.

Erlick plans to attend Harvard University in the fall, according to the news release.

Also see our coverage of this story in The Daily Rye .

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