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Congratulations to BCPS High School Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is proud to recognize 36 high school seniors named semifinalists in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These talented students have an opportunity to continue in the competition to be awarded one of more than 7,100 National Merit Scholarships in the spring, which have a combined value of nearly $28 million. Congratulations to the following BCPS semifinalists:

College Academy at Broward College
Carlos Arias
Gabriel Estabridis
Anakin Maksylewicz
Diego Munoz Bodden

Cypress Bay High School
Parker Astley
Maria Barboza
Hannah Cho
Cameron Crawford
Pranav Dayala
Riya Desai
Chinmay Deshmukh
Alex Frias
Badrinath Konidala
Marcela Lopez
Samuel Palleija
Abhiram Pinnity
Siddarth Rama
Advaith Ravi
Ethan Sawyer

Everglades High School
Maya Saleh

Flanagan High School
Ingrid Groose

Fort Lauderdale High School
Elisse Manyong
Aidan Myles

William T. McFatter Technical High School
Patrick Fung

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Serkan Aymaz
Piper Bourne
Arya Gujarathi
Caleb Hebert

Pompano Beach High School
Livia Law
Matthew Millikin

South Broward High School
Kiara Bruestle

West Broward High School
Sydney Gonzalez
Marcos Ortega
Craig Perry
Haoran Shi

Western High School
Jacob Krinsky

 To become a finalist, the semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT® or ACT® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.

Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2024. Every Finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit® $2500 Scholarships. About 840 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 160 corporations and business organizations for Finalists who meet their specified criteria, such as children of the grantor’s employees or residents of communities where the sponsor’s plants or offices are located. In addition, about 160 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 3,800 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.

 For more information on the National Merit Scholarship Program, visit



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