44 Broward students semifinalists in 2011 National Merit Program
Forty-four Broward County Public Schools students have been named semifinalists in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program. These seniors now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,400 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $36 million, that will be offered next spring.
To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the 16,000 semifinalists named nationwide, are expected to attain finalist standing, and half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin or religious preference.
About 1.5 million juniors in approximately 22,000 high schools entered the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the stateís percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.
Browardís 44 semifinalists are listed below, by school.
BLANCHE ELY HIGH SCHOOL: Manoj B. Chakiath
COOPER CITY HIGH SCHOOL: Jeremy S. Leshin, Kayla Ramirez, Matthew R. Shuham
CORAL GLADES HIGH SCHOOL: Gilbert R. Feig, Adam N. Waters, Matthew S. Watkins
CORAL SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL: Marcus I. Levine
CYPRESS BAY HIGH SCHOOL: Sophie S. Chen, Alexander J. Gentile, Nicolas Kim, Michael J. Kirsche, Lauren A. Knight, Daniel N. Levinson, Marianne Lintz, Andres J. Perez, Rohan S. Ramnath, Joyce Wang, Michael Yang
DEERFIELD BEACH HIGH SCHOOL: Ara N. Parikh
MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL: Amy Huang, Kevin Liu, Colleen M. McTiernan, Jared S. Rothenberg, Robert E. Short, Meghan N. Tobin, Yujie Wu
MIRAMAR HIGH SCHOOL: Sathvika D. Ramaji, Maithrika Sara, Aureen Sarker
NOVA HIGH SCHOOL: Michael J. Greenberg, Jared H. Odessky, Perry R. Ryan, Emily H. Shaw, Rachel M. Taylor, Michael G. Tichy
PEMBROKE PINES CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL: Jared V. Moljo
SOUTH PLANTATION HIGH SCHOOL: Christian B. Keeve
THE COLLEGE ACADEMY AT BROWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE: Garrett E. Cotton, David M. Hall, Christopher A. Mora, Rachel N. Schneider, Noah E. Shaikh
WILLIAM T. MC FATTER TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL: Lizette Arocha
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