National Merit Finalist— Benjamin Hurley

It has just been announced that Roycemore Senior Benjamin Hurley has been chosen as a National Merit Finalist. Becoming a NMF first requires a top score on the PSAT and selection as a National Merit Semifinalist. The organization then takes a close look at participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership ability, and honors received before naming their finalists.

Benjamin has an impressive academic and extracurricular record. He spent his January Short Term at Northwestern University’s LaBonne Laboratory working with microscopic organisms. There he acquired skills in microinjecting and learning the intricacies of operating a PCR machine (mixing solutions to generate millions of copies of a particular DNA sequence).

Benjamin was already familiar with the NU campus having completed college classes there as part of Roycemore’s NU option. He also spent last summer as a laboratory intern in Northwestern’s Life Sciences Department.

Back at Roycemore, Benjamin is student government president and is our Robert Eisner Distinguished Scholar. He will continue with his interest in life sciences in college and plans to pursue a career in Marine Biology.

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