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Polk County students named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists
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Polk County students named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists

Thirteen Polk public school students were named 2012 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists in an announcement by the National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSC).

The 13 srudents are among 16,000 Semifinalists in the 57th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The National Merit® Scholarship Program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

2012 Polk County National Merit semifinalists:

  • Ryan P. Whitworth- Bartow High
  • Emily B. Lubin- Bartow International Baccalaureate
  • Bianca Mulaney- Bartow International Baccalaureate
  • Steffanie M. Munguia- Bartow International Baccalaureate
  • Samuel S. Phen- Bartow International Baccalaureate
  • Rosie A. Robinson- Bartow International Baccalaureate
  • Lindsey K. Ward- Bartow International Baccalaureate
  • Jacob T. Renuart- Haines City High
  • Leah M. Spann- Haines City High
  • Lauren N. Spychalsky- McKeel Academy
  • Joseph D. Germany- Polk State College Collegiate High
  • Daniel Burrage- Chain of Lakes Collegiate High
  • Mackenzie L. Nettlow- Winter Haven High

About 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools entered the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

To become a Finalist, a Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the high school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.

National Merit finalists are announced in February 2012 and the National Merit scholarship winners will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July.

These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $34 million that will be offered next spring.

About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

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