School District Has 60 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists for 2018

Graduation with diploma and moneyThe School District of Palm Beach County has 60 semifinalists for the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program, allowing them to continue in the competition for approximately 7,500 National Merit Scholarships that will be offered next spring.

About 1.6 million high school juniors entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which serves as the initial screen for program entrants. Semifinalists for the program include the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

To become a finalist for a National Merit Scholarship, semifinalists must submit a detailed application that details their academic record, participation in school and community activities, employment, as well as awards and honors received. They must also write an essay, have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, and submit a recommendation by a high school official.

Winners of the 2018 National Merit Scholarships will be announced from April through July. Congratulations to the semifinalists from Palm Beach County:

Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts

  • Noah A. Cantor
  • Alexander E. Gordon
  • Matthew B. Hakkarainen
  • Bernardo Hasbach

Atlantic Community High

  • Madeline Y. Carpenter
  • Kai G. Cheslack
  • Daniel Fernandes
  • Vinayak Kawatra
  • Sarah R. Klein
  • Valerie A. Kwong

Boca Raton Community High

  • Alexander C. Arber
  • Matthew S. Christie
  • Lauren A. Morejon
  • Emilie C. Pouleriguen
  • Philipp N. Reutter

Jupiter Community High

  • George S. Frampton
  • Kiki Montgomery
  • Matthew Webber

Olympic Heights Community High

  • Maxwell J. Koppel

Park Vista Community High

  • Carlos L. Hernandez
  • Ashley Jenkins

Seminole Ridge Community High 

  • Kayla M. Delapenha
  • Shreya N. Patel
  • Andre B. Soucy

Spanish River Community High

  • Marissa I. Ephron
  • David J. Florez Rodriguez
  • Maia C. Kurvers
  • Jordan E. Merrill
  • Tyee E. Pomerantz
  • Jasper Scheiber
  • Fabrizia Villela Mugnatto
  • Dara S. Weinstein
  • Cole Wilson

Suncoast Community High

  • Ryan M. Ahmed
  • Gabriela I. Cestero
  • Shang Chen
  • Rachel E. Cherelstein
  • Brian Fournier
  • William Z. Gao
  • Austin J. Lent
  • Alexander M. Levine
  • Jolene N. Loreno
  • Natasha Mandi
  • Claire R. Patterson
  • Matthew A. Po
  • Olivia R. Schmidt
  • Claire K. Scozzari
  • Megan D. Simmen
  • Kierstin A. Smith
  • Jax R. Sprague
  • Hannah E. Trenkle
  • Eli M. Wiston

Wellington Community High

  • Jonathan O. Wilson

West Boca Raton Community High

  • Sam C. Enfield
  • Kathryn F. Ghougasian
  • Grace A. Loonam
  • Zachary Novack
  • Maria C. Parra

William T. Dwyer High

  • Paige N. Beckey
  • Casey Politano