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Nine Scholars Named National Merit Semifinalists

Nine STPPS students representing three high schools were named 2019 National Merit Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

These students, who are ranked among the highest performing high school students in the state and the top one percent in the nation, will compete for prestigious National Merit Scholarships later this school year.

The semifinalists are Christopher Le from Fontainebleau High; Martha Clark, Madelyn Mendoza, and Matt Richardson from Mandeville High; and Courtney Gasser, Dalton Lovitt, Dustin MacLaughlin, Austin Thombs, and John Yu from Northshore High.

For the third time in the last four years, Northshore High boasts the most National Merit Semifinalists of any traditional public non-magnet high school in the state of Louisiana with five semifinalists.

In the last seven years, ninety-two STPPS students have been recognized as National Merit Semifinalists.

“Congratulations to these young men and women as well as their families,” said Superintendent Trey Folse. “This accomplishment is the result of years of hard work and dedication by these students with the support of their families, teachers, and schools.”

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.

Martha Clark, Mandeville High
Courtney Gasser, Northshore High
Christopher Le, Fontainebleau High
Dalton Lovitt, Northshore High
Dustin MacLaughlin, Northshore High
Madelyn Mendoza, Mandeville High
Matt Richardson, Mandeville High
Austin Thombs, Northshore High
John Yu, Northshore High

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