Twelve Shreveport students, eight from Caddo Parish Magnet High School, three from Loyola College Preparatory School and one from Evangel Christian Academy last week were announced to be among the 16,000 semifinalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
Shreveport semifinalists were: Darshini K. Deutsch, Evangel Christian Academy; Harrison D. Caruthers, Matthew T. Flanagan and Lee R.Jackson, Loyola College Prep; and Kelsi J. Cox, Andrew L. Curtis, Joseph S.Fitz-Gerald, Ian M. Heam, David C. Newtown, Emily E. Price, Yale E. Rosen and
Dayoung R. Yu, Caddo Parish Magnet High School.
In Natchitoches, there were five semifinalists from the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts. They were, Sean A. Cuff, Abigail L. Dowd, William R. Ganucheau, Soojin Lee and Derek C. Marshall.
Overall, there were 209 semifinalists in Louisiana.
Texarkana Texas High School had two semifinalists, Cortlandt Bursey-Reece and Fred R. Norton, out of the 219 in Texas; and in Arkansas, Ellie K. Black of Clarksville Arkansas High School was a semifinalist. Arkansas had 205 semifinalists.
About 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools across the nation entered the competition and those qualifying represent less than 1% of those taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
To become a finalist, the semifinalists and their high schools must submit a detailed scholarship application in which they provide information about the semifinalists’ academic records, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment and honors and awards received. Candidates must have outstanding academic records throughout
high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write essays and earn SAT scores that confirm the students’ performance on the qualifying test.