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 Beugnet and Sahil Patel have been selected as Semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Competition. They were selected based on test scores of the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and represent less than one percent of the U.S. High School seniors.

    To become finalists, 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 $32 million. 


    National Merit Commended Students

    Fourteen Lake Park High School seniors have been named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.  The Commended Students are: Jillian Alonzo, Thomas Ballard, Eric Bayer, Caroline Dickerson, Aastha Garg, Jordan Haigh, Peter Jezusek, Sarah Kueking, Matteo Marcheschi, Zuly Pasillas-Riquelme, Rahi Patel, Elizabeth Pusateri, Henry Sprandel, and Daniel Tedeschi. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.  Although they will not continue in the 2018 competition for Merit Scholarship Awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million juniors who entered the 2018 competition by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). 

     
    National Hispanic Recognition
     
    Lake Park High School Seniors Emanuel Carrera, Christian Guenther and Zuly Pasillas-Riquelme have been selected as 2018 National Hispanic Recognition Program award recipients. 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.