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 Aliana Kaige, Gabrielle Mintrup and Abhi Patel have been selected as Semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Competition. They were selected based on test scores of the 2019 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 7,600 Merit Scholarship awards, worth $30 million. 


    National Merit Commended Students

    Tweleve Lake Park High School seniors have been named Commended Students in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. The Commended Students are: Slaven Bekic, Brooke Bonta, Camille Casey, Daniel Feutz, Caroline Gebczak, Vanessa Kilian, Thomas Krokos, Christina Maletsky, Gabriella Rant, Jeffrey Saele, Emma Thorne and Jamie Ziegler. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.  Although they will not continue in the 2021 competition for Merit Scholarship Awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million juniors who entered the 2021 competition by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). 

     
    National Hispanic Recognition
     
    Lake Park High School seniors Aida Huelsman, Raquel O’Neill, and Jamie Ziegler have been selected for the 2021 National Hispanic Recognition Program Award. Senior Giuseppe Randazzo has been selected for the 2021 National Indigenous Recognition Award. The College Board's National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) identifies academically outstanding African American, Hispanic American or Latinx, Indigenous, or students who attend school in a rural area or small town. 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.