Berkeley Proudly Recognizes National Merit Semifinalists and Commended Students

Berkeley Preparatory School is honored to highlight students recently recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program as Semifinalists and Commended Students. Eight students have been named National Merit Semifinalists among approximately 16,000 students from across the country as part of the 68th National Merit Scholarship Program.
To qualify as a Semifinalist, juniors in 21,000 high schools entered the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). Semifinalists are the highest scorers in each of the 50 states and represent less than one percent of each state’s high school seniors.
These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for approximately 7,250 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $28 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. Approximately 95 percent of the Semifinalists are accepted to attain Finalist standing, and about half will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.
Congratulations to the following students from Berkeley Preparatory School who have been recognized as Semifinalists in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Competition:
Meghna Bukkapatnam
Zoey Chang
Delaney English
Aidan Larkin
Adam Latif
Theodore Schaffer
Aoife Shannon
Pierce Wenham
In addition, approximately 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 students who entered the 2023 competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).
Gabriela Algood
Abigail Armstrong
Alex Banull
Zachary Bischof
Katherine Dann
Abbey Dempsey
Ryder Dickinson
Zev Huneycutt
Grant Janish
Finley Jordan
Kirin Karver
Amelia Kent
Cade Kurland
Luke Patterson
Matthew Rahaim
Kylie Stephens
Founded in 1960, Berkeley is an independent, Episcopal, college-preparatory day school located in Tampa, FL, for boys and girls in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12. Approximately 1,400 students gather here from the greater Tampa Bay area to form ONE Berkeley.