A Lakewood Ranch High School senior is one of just four Manatee County students named as semifinalists in the 2010 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Po-Yi Ho joins Southeast High International Baccalaureate students Maya J. Meredith, Christopher J. Ratzel and Courtnei A. Smith as this year's semifinalists.
Students qualify for the National Merit Scholarship program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test during their junior year. During the 2008-2009 school year, more than 1.5 million high school juniors in about 22,000 high schools took the PSAT/NMSQT, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. About 16,000 students achieved semifinalist status this year. Semifinalists represent less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors.
Using a variety of factors, including overall performance in high school, leadership qualities, a principal’s recommendation and a descriptive essay, a group of about 15,000 finalists will be selected. Those finalists will have the opportunity to compete for some 8,200 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $36 million, which will be offered next spring.
Currently 0 Responses
Vitale accepts donation
Lakewood Ranch resident and ESPN Hall-of-Famer Dick Vitale on Sept. 9 received a $85,000 donation for the fight against cancer from Craig and JoEllen Mettille, of 380 Cos.
Prizes now offered for weather contest!
Starting in October, the Observer will now offer prizes for winners of the weather photo contest, sponsored by Manasota Flooring Inc.
Cardinal Mooney alumni plan reunion
Did you go to Cardinal Mooney in 1964? Your former classmates are calling for you!