Ella Botko – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS senior Claire Davidson has been recognized as a National Merit Semifinalist. She is the only Mustang to receive the award this year.
In order to even be considered for the scholarship, a student must score within the top one percentile on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) as a junior.
When the news came out, LRHS Principal Dustin Dahlquist went to present her with the award. However, Davidson was nowhere to be found.
She had been in a car accident that morning. Fortunately, Davidson was okay and awarded later in the school day.
When she finally arrived at school and was informed of the big news, she stated, “ I was really surprised, it definitely made my day a lot better.”
Davidson was surprised to win the award because she didn’t prepare much for the test.
“The classes I took and remaining calm throughout the test really helped me,” said Davidson.
Even though she hasn’t become a national scholar and has a lot of work ahead of her, Davidson said she was very optimistic about the future.
“My parents and I are incredibly excited for what’s to come,” Davidson said. “I think it’ll be a great experience for me. After all of this is over, I’m hoping I’ll be a National Merit Scholar.”