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36 BCPS Students Named Semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program

Congratulations to the 36 Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) students recently announced Semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors are among the approximately 16,000 who have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million.

The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. As juniors, students took the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants.

Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring and summer of 2020. Every Finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit $2,500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state-representational level. About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 220 corporations and business organizations for Finalists who meet their specific criteria. In addition, about 180 colleges and universities will finance 4,100 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.

Congratulations to BCPS students named 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists:

College Academy at Broward College

Nathaniel M. Foo

Anthony A. Infantino

Mason S. Tutko

Maria A. Villegas Botero


Cypress Bay High School

Andres A. Baute

James K. Brock

Diego A. Carstens

Talia J. Cohen

Alexia B. Cosman

Anurag Kulkarni

Angela Li

Matthew R. Norman

Douglas Sandler

Michael R. Sun

Daniel J. Xie


Deerfield Beach High School

Aakansha Mehrotra

Everglades High School

Laura S. Carvajal

Viraj Chandrasekaran

Javier E. Pratdesaba


Fort Lauderdale High School

Rom Amasay

Jared L. Ball

Katherine Gegoutchadze

Syed J. Tahir


Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Anna Bayuk

Kam Y. Cheung

Katherine E. Hebert

Maxwell H. Kilman

Amanda A. Manausa

Talia Rumsky

Andromeda A. Smith

Karen S. Villancio-Wolter


McArthur High School

Isabella J. Tavarez


Nova High School

Anika B. Allen

Hannah M. Quintal


Pompano Beach High School

Catherine S. Santiago


South Plantation High School

Custer J. Gilchrest





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