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(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Senior Sam Leavy is among the seven Manatee County students who have been named semifinalists in the 67th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

In order to be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must have met a handful of requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. Requirements are based on skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college courses.

Leavy stated, “I found out through my school counselor, and I was extremely happy when I found out as I have worked hard to get to this point.”

High school juniors entered the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the PSAT and/or National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT), which served to determine initial program entrants.

Not only did Leavy excel at the PSAT in order to secure his spot in the running, but he is also extremely involved at LRHS.

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Leavy stated, “At LRHS I participate in varsity soccer, Lakewood Leaders, National Honors Society, Students Working Against Tabacco, and the Biochemistry Club.”

Leavy now has the opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered next Spring.

Leavy added, “I hope to get into Duke for engineering, most specifically biomedical engineering.”

The winners of the final National Merit scholarships and awards will be announced in Apr. 2022 to Jul. 2022. These scholarship recipients will join around 362,000 other students who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

For more information about the National Merit Scholarship Program click here.