Four LSMSA seniors named National Merit finalists

The following Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) seniors from throughout the state have been selected as finalists in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program: Allison “Raney” Cappel (’22) of Lake Charles; Nicholas Guagliardo (’22) of Ponchatoula; Isabella Le (’22) of Lafayette; and Brandon Turner (’22) of Sulphur. In addition, Le was awarded a National Merit scholarship from Walgreens.

Finalists were endorsed and recommended by LSMSA after achieving high academic performance, writing an essay, completing the national merit scholarship application and taking a Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). 

“Being named a National Merit finalist represents years of hard work and dedication,” said Dr. Steve Horton, LSMSA Executive Director. “We are incredibly proud of these students for all they have achieved, particularly since they’ve spent the majority of their high school career navigating a global pandemic.”

Since its inception in 1955, the National Merit Scholarship Program has recognized more than 3.4 million talented high school students throughout the United States and provided some 451,000 scholarships worth more than $1.8 billion. NMSC began announcing scholarship winners starting with the corporate-sponsored Merit scholarship recipients on April 27. The National Merit $2,500 scholarship winners will be announced on May 11, and college-sponsored Merit scholarship winners will be announced on June 1 and July 11.

LSMSA educates highly motivated, high-achieving incoming sophomores, juniors, and seniors from throughout the state. For more information, please call 318-357-2500.


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