Monroe scholars National Merit semifinalists

Two Monroe High School students were named semifinalists in the prestigious National Merit Scholarship Program.
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 PSAT/NMSQT test, in addition to other requirements. Semifinalists are in the top 1% of the 1.4 million high school juniors in 22,000 high schools across the nation that participate in the PSAT.

Sam Burke is a semifinalist who hopes to attend Stanford, but is also looking at other California schools. His career goal is to be an aerospace engineer. "I'm really interested in cutting edge technologies. There may be some really cool opportunities coming up in the next few years with space exploration,GÇ¥ he said. Burke was thankful to his English teachers, Ms. Johnson and Mr. Stanton, for helping him with the college admissions process.
Elizabeth Taggart is hoping to attend Brigham Young University but is torn between multiple interests in science and the arts. "I really enjoyed doing the last two musicals, "Oklahoma!' and "Happy Days, the Musical.'GÇ¥ Taggart said. She loved seeing what came out of the work the cast and crew did together. "It turned out really amazing. But biology, chemistry and technology are also all things I'm interested in,GÇ¥ she added
In addition, five young people earned "commended scholarGÇ¥ accolades for placing in the in the top 5 percent of the same 1.4 million students taking the PSAT. National Merit Scholarship Corporation spokesperson cited that these students demonstrate "an outstanding potential for academic success:GÇ¥
  • Bethany Garver - Sky Valley Education Center
  • Cassandra Engvall - Monroe High School
  • Thomas Gorordo-á- Monroe High School
  • Jessica Matyas-á- Monroe High School
  • Amber Van Brunt-á- Monroe High School


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