Nine students at Coral Reef Senior High School were among the National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s highest scoring participants in the SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) it was announced on Sept. 9 and are now Semifinalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Competition.
These academically talented high school seniors are Kenneth DeMason, Deidre Edward, Raina Levin, Manuel Mesa, Manuel Montesino, Julia Rothfield, Muhammad Younis, and Geraldina Zhang from the International Baccalaureate Academy and Jordan Couceyro from the Visual and Performing Arts Academy.
According to the organization, semifinalists must meet additional requirements and advance to Finalist standing to be considered for National Merit Scholarships. About 8,000 awards of three types offered annually: 2,500 National Merit $2,500 Scholarships for which all Finalists compete; more than 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who meet criteria of sponsoring corporate organization, and over 4,500 collegesponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who will attend sponsor college/ university. Corporate organizations also provide about 1,300 Special Scholarships for other high performers in competition who are not Finalists.