Geneva is proud to announce that five seniors earned recognition from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Garrett Fritcher was named as a National Merit Semi-Finalist. Zachary Brunsvold and Corban Fikes were named National Merit Commended Scholars. Sydney Griffey earned College Board National Hispanic Recognition as well as College Board National Small Town and Rural Recognition. Lauren Abell earned College Board National Small Town and Rural Recognition. These students achieved these awards for their academic accomplishments on the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Garrett is the son of Michaelanne and Seth Fritcher of Boerne; Zachary is the son of Jenny and Corey Brunsvold of Boerne; Corban is the son of Tonya and Chris Fikes of Boerne; Sydney is the daughter of Wendy and Steve Griffey of Fair Oaks Ranch; and Lauren is the daughter of Karen and Mark Abell of Boerne. These students are members of the 2022 Senior Class which will be the 12th class to graduate from Geneva. This is also the 12th consecutive Geneva School Senior Class to have members earning National Merit recognition.

“Our method of education does not aim at producing National Merit scholars or savvy test-takers, but it is gratifying to see it happen along the way,” Geneva Rhetoric School Headmaster Dirk Russell said.

Over 1.5 million students took the PSAT last October and entered the National Merit Programs, a nationwide competition for the recognition and awards conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Nationally, 16,000 students were named Semifinalists and 34,000 were named Commended Students.

Students are considered for the Rural and Small Town Recognition Program based on the location of their high school. Areas are considered rural and small town based on location data from the National Center for Education Statistics. To be selected, students must score in the top 2.5% on the PSAT/NMSQT among high school junior test takers in their region.

In addition, students are selected to participate in the National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) when they score in the top 2.5% on the PSAT/NMSQT among all Hispanic and Latino test-takers in each region.