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Caddo Parish Public Schools is once again the regional leader in National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists. The district is currently home to nine semifinalists including five students from Caddo Parish Magnet High School, three students from C.E. Byrd High School and one student from Captain Shreve High School.

In the fall of 2018 approximately 1.6 million 11th graders from across the United States took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test with the hope of making it to the next round of the scholarship competition.  From the 1.6 million students, approximately 16,000 were designated as semi-finalists.
Caddo’s 2019-2020 school year semifinalists are:
  • *Robert Lawrence, C.E. Byrd High School
  • *Kennedy Carey-Prescott, C.E. Byrd High School
  • *James Rushing, C.E. Byrd High School
  • *Joshua Gill, Caddo Parish Magnet High
  • *Ian Golsby, Caddo Parish Magnet High
  • *Sloan Hall, Caddo Parish Magnet High
  • *Taylor Rosen, Caddo Parish Magnet High
  • *Grace Sun, Caddo Parish Magnet High
  • *Stewart Simon, Captain Shreve High School

These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring. 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 Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title. Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2020.

Every Finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit $2500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state-representational basis. About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 220 corporations and business organizations for Finalists who meet their specified criteria, such as children of the grantor’s employees or residents of communities where sponsor plants or offices are located. In addition, about 180 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4,100 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who will attend the sponsor institution. National Merit Scholarship winners of 2020 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 345,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.