Eleven STPPS students representing five high schools were named 2021 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.
This year's semifinalists Andrew Daniel and Jackson Heap of Fontainebleau High; Carson Cooper and Michael Lemmler of Lakeshore High; Mitchell Domangue, Meghan Drane, Drake Dunaway, and Raedan Stephens of Mandeville High; Joshua Hou and Christopher Latournerie of Northshore High; and Cameron Sitton of Slidell High.
In the last 10 years, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation has recognized 135 STPPS students as National Merit Semifinalists.
"Congratulations to these eleven scholars and their families on this impressive achievement after years of hard work and dedication," said Interim Superintendent Pete Jabbia. "We're proud to have these outstanding students as representatives of our School System."
To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. Over 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.
2021 STPPS NATIONAL MERIT SEMIFINALISTS
Carson Cooper, Lakeshore High
Andrew Daniel, Fontainebleau High
Mitchell Domangue, Mandeville High
Meghan Drane, Mandeville High
Drake Dunaway, Mandeville High
Jackson Heap, Fontainebleau High
Joshua Hou, Northshore High
Christopher Latournerie, Northshore High
Michael Lemmler, Lakeshore High
Cameron Sitton, Slidell High
Raedan Stephens, Mandeville High