21 Berkeley Preparatory School Students Recognized by National Merit Scholarship Program, 4 Students Receive National Hispanic Award

For the second-consecutive year, 13 Berkeley Preparatory School students are among the approximately 16,000 students from across the country to be named Semifinalists in the 57th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. With nine percent of Berkeley’s senior class being named Semifinalists, Berkeley claims the highest percentage of Semifinalists based on senior class size (public or private) in the Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg area.

In order to qualify as a Semifinalist, about 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools entered the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2010 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.

The St. Petersburg Times published the following link which connects to a complete list of semifinalists from Florida: http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/sites/tampabay.com.blogs.gradebook/files/12_fl_semifinalists-natlmeritprogram1.pdf

In addition to Berkeley’s 13 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists, eight students were named Commended Students by the National Merit Scholarship Program. A total of 34,000 students across the country earned this distinction and placed among the top five percent of the more than 1.5 million students who took the Preliminary SAT. Berkeley’s eight Commended Students match last year’s total named in the class of 2011.

Four students in the class of 2012 were honored by the College Board as National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars. These four students were among the nearly 5,000 across the country who achieved a minimum PSAT score for their region and identified themselves as Hispanic/Latino.

Congratulations to the following Berkeley students:

National Merit Semifinalists
Zachary Ayers
Robert Cui
Rebekka DePew
Charles Hancock
Mary Harrison
Ajay Kanuri
Alexandra Katsarelis
Neiladri Mandal
Alex Nelson
Donovan Reed
Austin Shin
Connor Stonesifer
Elizabeth Whitaker

National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars
Kennison Lay
Viviana Maymi
Alberto Sainz de la Pena
Arlyn Stein

National Merit Commended Students
Jarod Brazel
Jordan Burgess
Avi Friedman-Shaw
Jake Salzer
Andrew Stein
Arlyn Stein
Richard Stull
Charles Timmel

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