Hillsborough leads Florida in National Merit semifinalists
The National Merit Scholarship program announced today its 2010 semifinalists, and in Florida the Hillsborough County school district had the most recipients at 53. That's nearly twice as many as the state's largest district, Miami-Dade, which had 27.
Pinellas public schools also had 27 semifinalists, while Pasco schools had four.
The approximately 16,000 semifinalists across the country now vie for about 8,200 college scholarships worth more than $36 million. The awards will be announced in the spring.
“We’re proud of our high schools,” Hillsborough superintendent MaryEllen Elia said in a release. "These students are the brightest of the bright. The fact that we have more than any other district in the state says a lot about the quality of our teachers and how our students are excelling at the highest levels."