36 BCPS Students Named Semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program  
Published Tuesday, September 17, 2019


Congratulations to the 36 Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) students recently announced Semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors are among the approximately 16,000 who have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million.

The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. As juniors, students took the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants.

Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring and summer of 2020. Every Finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit $2,500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state-representational level. About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 220 corporations and business organizations for Finalists who meet their specific criteria. In addition, about 180 colleges and universities will finance 4,100 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.

Congratulations to BCPS students named 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists:

College Academy at Broward College
Nathaniel M. Foo
Anthony A. Infantino
Mason S. Tutko
Maria A. Villegas Botero

Cypress Bay High School
Andres A. Baute
James K. Brock
Diego A. Carstens
Talia J. Cohen
Alexia B. Cosman
Anurag Kulkarni
Angela Li
Matthew R. Norman
Douglas Sandler
Michael R. Sun
Daniel J. Xie

Deerfield Beach High School
Aakansha Mehrotra

Everglades High School
Laura S. Carvajal
Viraj Chandrasekaran
Javier E. Pratdesaba

Fort Lauderdale High School
Rom Amasay
Jared L. Ball
Katherine Gegoutchadze
Syed J. Tahir

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Anna Bayuk
Kam Y. Cheung
Katherine E. Hebert
Maxwell H. Kilman
Amanda A. Manausa
Talia Rumsky
Andromeda A. Smith
Karen S. Villancio-Wolter

McArthur High School
Isabella J. Tavarez

Nova High School
Anika B. Allen
Hannah M. Quintal

Pompano Beach High School
Catherine S. Santiago

South Plantation High School
Custer J. Gilchrest


ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS - “Committed to educating all students to reach their highest potential.”: Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth-largest school district in the nation and the second-largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has nearly 270,000 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 241 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 89 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 204 different countries and 191 different languages. To connect with BCPS, visit, visit, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at and download the free BCPS mobile app.

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