Tuesday, September 22, 2009

12 National Merit Semi-finalsts at Caddo Magnet; only 16 in entire NW La region

Sixteen students in Shreveport and Bossier City are semifinalists in the 55th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, says the Shreveporttimes.com. Twelve of the honored students attend Caddo Magnet.

This year 16,000 high school seniors nationwide are competing for 8,200 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $36 million.

More than 1.5 million juniors in about 22,000 high schools entered the 2010 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2008 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The semifinalists, which represent less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, include the highest-scoring students in each state.

To become a finalist, a semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the high school principal, and earn SAT scores that reflect the student’s earlier performance.

The local semi-finalists are:

Caddo Parish Magnet High School
Margaret S Caruthers
Michael S. Dai
Olivia F. Dossett
Maureen E. Fitz-Gerald, .
Christian P. Hennigan
Maysa M. Kaskas,
Michelle A. Khare,
Jake D. Noble
Catherine E. Pool,
Audrey L. Richardson
Allison R. Tunnell
Rachel K. Young

Home school
Olivia G. Cole

Captain Shreve High School
Dylan D. Touchstone

Airline High School
Ryan D. Elledge
Trevor A. Youngblood