Eight seniors of the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) were named today as National Merit semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). They are: Karan Baker of New Iberia, Andre Bourque of Gretna, Natalie Cambre of Slidell, Steely Forrester of Baton Rouge, Mila Griffith of Shreveport, Beatrice Hoang of Harvey, Drake Pelletier of Haughton, and Scott Roques of Broussard.
These students will join approximately 16,000 others to compete for finalist status and a chance at one of 2,500 National Merit Scholarships.
National merit Scholarship winners of 2020 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 345,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.
More than 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.
NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 400 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honor the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.
Pictured above, on front row from left, are Mila Griffith, Natalie Cambre, Beatrice Hoang, and Steely Forester. On second row are Andre Bourque, Drake Pelletier, and Scott Roques. Not pictured is Karan Baker.