Seventeen St. Johns County School District seniors and one home school student have qualified as National Merit Semifinalists for 2017.
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 16,000 semifinalists nationwide, they are now eligible to advance to the finalist competition to vie for about 7,500 scholarships worth more than $33 million to be announced in April 2017.
The semifinalists are Erin Kirsche and Samuel Turner from Bartram Trail High School; Miranda Diaz, Jackson Mahne, Robert Schrader and Elijah Smith from Creekside High School; Ava Hampton, John Hiltonen, Malavika Nair, Suzanne Raybuck and Shelby Wallace from Allen D. Nease High School; John Fox, William Harrington, Clare Hartman, Carson Richter, Parker Shannon and Adam Snowden from Ponte Vedra High School; and Grace Remmer, home school.
All semifinalists will be recognized at the School Board meeting on Tuesday, October 11 at 6 p.m. in the School Board Administration Building auditorium at 40 Orange Street.