15 STPPS Scholars Named National Merit Semifinalists
Fifteen STPPS students representing six high schools were named 2018 National Merit Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
These students, who are ranked among the highest performing high school students in the state and the top one percent in the nation, will compete for prestigious National Merit Scholarships later this school year.
The semifinalists are Avery Erwin and Miles Gray from Fontainebleau High; Grace Dragna, Adam Moeller, Leith Reardon and Erik Thompson from Mandeville High; Cody Armand, Charles Blackwell, Nathan Ngo, Claire Picou, Jenna Schmidt and Anna Yue from Northshore High; Gabriel Pivovarov from Salmen High; Kaley Pichon from Slidell High; and Mitch Maggio from the a3 Virtual Academy.
For the second time in the last three years, Northshore High boasts the most National Merit Semifinalists of any traditional public non-magnet high school in the state of Louisiana with six semifinalists. Mandeville High has the third highest number of semifinalists among traditional public schools in the state with four students named semifinalists.
“Congratulations to our fifteen National Merit Semifinalists and their families,” said Superintendent Trey Folse. “This accomplishment is the result of years of hard work and dedication by these students with the support of their families, teachers, and schools.”
To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.
STPPS adheres to the equal opportunity provisions of federal and civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability.