National Merit Students
National Merit Finalists
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 confirm the student's earlier performance on the qualifying test. The Semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, which includes the student's self-descriptive essay and information about the Semifinalists participation and leadership in school and community activities.
National Merit Semifinalists
Lake Park High School seniors Andrew K. Miller and Anthony J. Slade have been selected as Semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Competition. They were selected based on test scores of the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and represent less than one percent of the U.S. High School seniors.To become semifinalists, the students must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed by their school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm their earlier qualifying test performance. They must also submit a detailed scholarship application, which includes a self-descriptive essay and information about their participation and leadership in school and community activities. The approximately 16,000 semifinalists have the opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,500 Merit Scholarship awards, worth $31 million.
National Merit Commended Students
Seven Lake Park High School seniors have been named Commended Students in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. The Commended Students are: Allison J. Banayat, Chad V. Berkich, Anishi S. Patel, Milan H. Patel, Michael J. Paterala, Jenny Petrova, and Jacob Wortsman. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2020 competition for Merit Scholarship Awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million juniors who entered the 2020 competition by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).National Hispanic RecognitionLake Park High School Seniors Alexander Alkanat, Luis Arias and Matthew Pullman have been selected for the 2020 National Hispanic Recognition Program award. The College Board's National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) identifies academically outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students. Each year, the NHRP honors about 5,000 of the highest-scoring students from over 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the PSAT/NMSQT.