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FAU High Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists


Friday, Sep 22, 2023

A total of 18 Florida Atlantic University High School students have been named semifinalists in the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Competition and 25 seniors have been named Commended Students . This honor and recognition is a source of pride for our school as only about 16,000 students of approximately 1.5 million national participants attain this distinction of semifinalist . To become a National Merit semifinalist, more than 1.5 million high school juniors took the PSAT National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The highest-scoring entrants in each state were named semifinalists and represent less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors.

To become a National Merit finalist, each semifinalist must submit a detailed scholarship application, which includes their academic record, extracurricular activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, honors, and awards. They also must be endorsed by a high school official, write an essay, and perform well on the SAT. Finalists will be notified in February 2024, and the 2024 National Merit Scholarship finalists will be announced in the summer of 2024. 

These Semifinalists will be progressing through the rigorous application process as they work towards Finalist and Scholar status with NMSC. Congratulations Students!

FAUHS Class of 2024 NMSC Semifinalists in the 2024 National Merit® Program

Owen Abrams

Sophia Amro Gazze

Dana Benavides

Luke Carey

Alain Charlot

Daniela Cifuentes Cabrera

Darrin Cupo

Isaac Dash

Juan Florez

Lea Goldenberg

Pranav Jambulingam

Jimmy Joseph

Natasha Mayorga

Katie Poquette

Takbir Sibia

Jensen Teel

Alexandra To

Adam Zaidan


Additionally, the following 25 seniors who have been named Commended Students in the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program. About 34,000 Commended Students, throughout the nation, are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2024 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2024 Competition by taking the 2022 PSAT National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

“Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson from NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

FAUHS Class of 2024 Commended Students in the 2024 National Merit ® Program

Jake Chavis

Kevin Dadan

David Edelstein

Mary Ennis

Parmis Etezady

Christian Farese

Daniella Fernandez

Ryan Figueroa

Noah Forman

Riley Johnson

Francisco Juarez

Isabella Klopukh

Nicole Mikel

Agustin Monna

Jazmin Morris

Vedaant Mutha

Arya Nair

Asna Nayani

Naresh Padmanaban

Rocco Ruiz

Kyle Sagon

Lucas Simo

Arabela Skaug

Stefen Waite

Asiel Wertheimer