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Drum roll please for National Merit Finalists



Sixteen students in Tampa Bay have been named National Merit Scholars, a honor widely recognized as the gold medal of high school awards. The students were selected on the merits of their academic records, personal essays and community work. They rose to the top of a semi-finalist pool culled from the top one percent of high school seniors, based on test scores on the PSAT exam taken in 2006.

Hillsborough's public schools counted five winners, compared to four in Pinellas and two in Pasco. The students all received $2,500 scholarships.

Hillsborough public schools:

  • Andrew Betts, Plant High
  • Sherry Chao, King High
  • John Colby, Plant High
  • Zongyu Li, King High
  • Neil Manimala, King High

Pinellas public schools:

  • Bridget Hendricks, Countryside High
  • Karan Sagar, Palm Harbor University High IB
  • Michelle Wang, St. Petersburg IB
  • Sam Zakria, St. Petersburg IB

Pasco public schools:

  • Ariel Choi, Land O'Lakes High
  • Katie Lee Meusling, Land O'Lakes High

Private schools:

  • Tara Braun, Berkeley Preparatory
  • Alexander Edelman, Tampa Preparatory
  • Aaron Koch, Tampa Preparatory
  • Neal Miller, Berkeley Preparatory
  • Samir Patel, Berkeley Preparatory
  • Carter Schwartz, Shorecrest Preparatory School
  • Liz Reischmann, Shorecrest Preparatory School
  • Tiffany Cheezem, Shorecrest Preparatory School

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:41am]


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