Brazoswood Student Named National Merit Scholar Semifinalist; 7 Recognized for PSAT Results

Brazoswood Student Named National Merit Scholar Semifinalist; 7 Recognized for PSAT Results
Posted on 09/22/2016
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A total of seven Brazoswood High School seniors received recognition from the National Merit Scholarship program. These students will be recognized by the BISD Board of Trustees at the October 18th board meeting.

Victoria Mulholland, a senior of Brazoswood High School, qualified as a Semifinalist in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. As a Semifinalist, Victoria has an opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.

Six other Brazoswood seniors were listed as Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program: Amanda Boneau, Leon Cai, Wyatt Clemons, Jessica Copenhaver, Rachel Halepeska, and Philip Marshall.

Approximately 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, with approximately 16,000 being named as Semifinalists. Commended Students are recognized nationally for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top five percent of students who entered the competition.

The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements.

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 Finalist will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title. National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July 2017.

“We are very proud of these students for this outstanding academic achievement,” said Superintendent Danny Massey. “Their accomplishments represent the culmination of hard work from talented students as well as a dedicated teaching staff. It is further evidence of the high quality of education that our students receive in Brazosport ISD.”

BISD welcomes our community to see these and other awesome things happening in our district through our weekly B*Bragging page. Simply go to www.brazosportisd.net and click on the B*Braggin news story. BISD’s Regular Board Meetings are held at the Administration Building the third Tuesday of the month and open to the public.

Back Row left to right: Jessica Copenhaver, Philip Marshall, Wyatt Clemons, and Principal Rita Pintavalle.
Front Row left to right: Rachel Halepeska, Leon Cai, Victoria Mulholland, Amanda Boneau

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