The National Merit Scholarship Program recognizes the top scoring students who take the PSAT during the fall of their junior year. Ruby is one of 16,000 semifinalists across the nation and one of just 57 students in the District of Columbia, representing the top one percent of students in the country. Ruby will have the opportunity to advance to the finalist level and compete for National Merit Scholarships. Ruby has had an outstanding academic record throughout high school and has been involved in the newspaper, serves as an international mentor and is captain of the girls’ soccer team. Ruby has indicated an interest in pursuing journalism, political science, or philosophy in college.