Five from Shorecrest Named National Merit Finalists
Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
ST. PETERSBURG -Five seniors at Shorecrest Preparatory School have been named National Merit Finalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
All five – Charity Chen, Mitchell Greene, Hunter Holland, Kyle Mullins and Sylvia Smith -were named National Merit Semifinalists and have advanced to the next round of competition.
About 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (psat/nmsqt®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of 16,000 semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.
To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and his or her high school 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® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.
About 7,500 National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of 15,000 Finalists. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.
In addition to the five National Merit Finalists, the Shorecrest Class of 2018 includes five National Merit Commended Students: Samuel Benjamin, Adrianna Linn, Will Martin, Shannon O’Shea and Casey Reich. Mitchell Greene and Hunter Holland, two of the National Merit Finalists, are also Presidential Scholar candidates.
Founded in 1923, Shorecrest Preparatory School is a pre-kindergarten through 12th grade coed, nonsectarian independent school located in Tampa Bay. By offering its families choice, support, and balance, Shorecrest graduates empathetic, independent thinkers who succeed at the university level, pursue their passions, and lead purposeful lives.
For information about Shorecrest, go to shorecrest.org.
Photo shows, from left, Kyle Mullins, Hunter Holland, Sylvia Smith, Mitchell Greene, and Charity Chen. Courtesy of Shorecrest Preparatory School.
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