Eighteen St. Johns County seniors have qualified as National Merit Semifinalists for 2016.
These students placed among the top 1 percent of all students in the country taking the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT)/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test given annually to high school juniors. As 18 of approximately 16,000 semifinalists nationwide, they are now eligible to advance to the finalist competition to vie for 7,400 scholarships worth more than $32 million.
The semifinalists are Evan Armstrong and David Damiani from Bartram Trail High School; Rowan Blalock-Bassett, Samantha Hayes, and Noah Kathe from Creekside High School; Noah Ari, Sanjana Bhargava, Patrick Farrar, Alexander Jasper, Divya Mahesh; Abigail Prohofsky and Samuel Still from Allen D. Nease High School; Wilson Erickson; Yooree Ha; Meijia Li; John Richter and Cullen Smith from Ponte Vedra High School; Michael Whittaker from St. Augustine High School.
All semifinalists will be recognized at the School Board meeting on Tuesday, October 13 at 6 p.m. in the School Board Administration Building auditorium at 40 Orange Street.
The St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) will hold its annual College and Career Night on Wednesday, September 9 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the gymnasium at Pedro Menendez High School located at 600 State Road 206 West, St. Augustine.
College and Career Night provides an excellent opportunity for SJCSD high school students from both public and private schools to receive firsthand information on post-secondary educational opportunities. Representatives from over 80 colleges, universities, armed services, career institutes and trade schools will be participating in this event.
While this event traditionally focuses on juniors and seniors, underclassmen are also encouraged to attend. Many colleges have very selective admissions criteria and students should start planning early. The latest information about the college admissions process, program offerings as well as scholarship and financial aid will also be available.
“This event is one in which we are able to bring post-secondary representatives from our state and from across the nation,” said Denise Faulk, director of Guidance and Programs of Choice and the event’s coordinator. “It’s a great time for our students and families to explore opportunities and gather information in a one-stop shop environment.”