Emily Brandt – Mustang’s Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- On Sept. 12 the 2019 Lakewood Ranch senior Anthony LaMarc was announced as a National Merit semifinalist.

Over 1.6 million juniors take the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT)/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.  Of that 1.6 million, only about 16,000 became semifinalists.

national merit semifinalist
LRHS senior is a National Merit semifinalist

LaMarc received a score of 1500 on his PSAT.

“It feels amazing to be a semifinalist for a National Merit Scholarship because it shows that all the hard work I’ve put into my studies is paying off,” he said.

LaMarc, along with many juniors, chose to take the PSAT in the hopes of receiving one of the National Merit Scholarships.

To prepare, LaMarc bought a PSAT review book, “I read the whole book thoroughly and took all practice tests available. I studied other websites’ practice questions as well until I was confident I would get the score I wanted.”

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced, “From the 16,000 semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of finalists.”

LaMarc plans to take the steps needed to be considered for a finalist spot. He must submit a detailed scholarship application, have an outstanding academic record throughout his high school career, be endorsed by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm his earlier performance qualifying test.

In the future, LaMarc hopes to attend the University of Florida to become an astrophysicist.

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