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PHU Students named National Merit Scholarship Finalists

Twenty-three PCS students named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists

Sept. 16, 2019

Twenty-three Pinellas County Schools students have been named semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, which is conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

The 23 students are among approximately 16,000 semifinalists. The students will compete with other semifinalists for prestigious National Merit Scholarships worth about $31 million. The nationwide pool of semifinalists makes up less than one percent of all high school students. The students attained semifinalist’s stature through the scores they attained on the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

The semifinalists and the schools they attend are:

  • East Lake High
    • Bennett A. Carollo, Noelle Esposito, Kelsey A. Robinson
  • Lakewood High
    • Ethan N. Nguyen, Rajat Patwari
  • Largo High
    • Michael A. Marcotte, Joshua R. Mott, Charles B. Phillips, Haidyn C. Sekeres
  • Palm Harbor University High
    • Salma Alandary, Cailey M. Carpenter, Mateusz Plaza, Maya Srinivasan, Vipin Suren, Matthew D. Werneken
  • St. Petersburg High
    • Eleanor J. Anderson, Paul G. Fernandez, Aidan Higgs, Sophia H. Hirst, Rivers C. Lenholt, Jack R. McKyton, Sebastian Newell
  • Tarpon Springs High
    • Alexander C. Theophilopoulos