Seventeen Seniors Named Class of 2019 National Merit Semifinalists
Seventeen Trinity Prep seniors – Adede Appah-Sampong, John Baldwin, Matthew Castro, Daniel Contaldi, Olivia Demetriades, William Driscoll, Setareh Gooshvar, Andrew Kwa, Dominic Martinez, Leah Mauer, Andrew Miller, Olivia Miller, Tej Stead, Alissa Vuillier, Jackie Wang, Robert Witten, and Zijie Yang – have been named 2019 National Merit Semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. They are among the 16,000 Semifinalists nationwide who are selected from more than 1.6 million students in 22,000 high schools. Trinity Prep has more semifinalists than any other school in Central Florida.
This year's National Merit Semifinalists began the current competition by taking the October 2017 PSAT/NMSQT. Named on a state representational basis, Semifinalists are the highest-scoring program participants in each state. These academically talented high school seniors have the opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth approximately $33 million that will be offered in the spring.
The 2019 National Merit Finalists will be announced in February, and the names of the 2019 scholarship winners, also known as Merit Scholar designees, will be released in the spring and summer.
Six Trinity Prep Seniors Named 2019 National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars
Congratulations to TPS seniors John Baldwin, Madeline Canal, Matthew Castro, Dominic Martinez, Cameron Miner, and Tej Stead, each of whom has been named a 2019 National Hispanic Recognition Scholar by the College Board.
The National Hispanic Recognition Program was initiated in 1983 to identify outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students, and each year more than 5,000 students are selected for recognition from a pool of more than 250,000 students who took the PSAT/NMSQT and identified themselves as Hispanic.
Students with grade point averages of 3.5 or higher are designated Scholars, and those with GPAs of 3.0 to 3.49 as Honorable Mentions. Students receiving NHRP recognition are at least one-quarter Hispanic/Latino, based on the program's definition, and they have also achieved a minimum PSAT score for their region.
While the College Board does not provide monetary awards for the National Hispanic Recognition Program, a list of recognized students is distributed to subscribing institutions in October.
Thirteen Seniors Named 2019 National Merit Commended Students
Thirteen Trinity Prep seniors – Jacob Brodsky, Madeline Canal, Amanda Feenstra, Elijah Finkelstein, Zev Karve, Aditi Katta, Cameron Miner, Ryan Psik, Caroline Swain, Pranav Uppalapati, Charu Vijayvargiya, Robert Watts, Christopher Wilhem – have been named Commended Students by the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program and were recognized during a recent All-School Assembly with a Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Corporation.
These seniors are among the 34,000 Commended Students from across the nation, and they represent the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the 2017 PSAT/NMSQT. Honored for their exceptional promise, a NMSC spokesperson shared, "The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success."
Although these Commended Students will not continue in the National Merit Scholarship competition, they should be proud of their performance on the PSAT and their recognition by the National Merit Corporation.