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Sarasota County Schools Announces 23 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

SARASOTA COUNTY, September 22, 2020 – Sarasota County Schools is proud to announce that 23 students throughout the district have been named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements. Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program.

In September, these high scoring students are notified through their schools that they have qualified as either a Commended Student or Semifinalist. From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation. Please join us in congratulating the following schools for having National Merit Semifinalists:

  • Booker High School – 1 student
    • Zephaniah W. Malka
  • Pine View School – 18 students
    • Mary Jane Bailey
    • Emily Benson
    • Nicholas Butakow
    • Camille I. Edwards
    • Pragnya Govindu
    • Neel Gupta
    • James Hugglestone
    • Ziwei Jiang
    • Kiran Kadiyala
    • Grace Kim
    • Samuel Klopp
    • Julia B. Kourelakos
    • Finnegan M. Lear
    • Joseph Lu
    • Nicholas Paredes
    • Nora Povolish
    • Samantha Sineath
    • Rohitram Upendram
  • Riverview High School – 2 students
    • Sawyer J. Dunn-Matrullo
    • Ashley R. Hodges
  • Sarasota High School – 1 student
    • Haley J. Wood
  • Suncoast Polytechnical High School – 1 student
    • Michael A. Moloney