13 Bossier, Caddo students are National Merit Scholarship semifinalists

They are among roughly 16,000 students who, as 11th-graders, earned the highest test scores in their states

13 Bossier, Caddo students are National Merit Scholarship semifinalists
To qualify for the program, high school juniors must take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). Approximately 1.6 million 11th-graders from throughout the United States took the exam in fall 2018. (Source: Pixabay)
Among the 13 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists from Bossier and Caddo parishes are Dario Cosic (from left), of Parkway High School, Shannon Mathers, of Airline High School, Cameron Thomas, of Benton High School, and Peter Vanchiere, of Loyola College Prep.
Among the 13 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists from Bossier and Caddo parishes are Dario Cosic (from left), of Parkway High School, Shannon Mathers, of Airline High School, Cameron Thomas, of Benton High School, and Peter Vanchiere, of Loyola College Prep. (Source: Sources: Bossier School District, Loyola College Prep)

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — Ten Caddo Parish high school seniors and three Bossier Parish high school seniors are among a select group of scholars who are National Merit Scholarship semifinalists.

To qualify for the program, high school juniors must take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).

Approximately 1.6 million 11th-graders from throughout the United States took the exam in fall 2018.

Of those, roughly 16,000 have qualified as semifinalists by earning the highest scores in their states.

Following are semifinalists from Bossier and Caddo parishes, listed by school:

Airline High in Bossier City

Shannon Mathers

Benton High in Benton

  • Cameron Thomas

C.E. Byrd High in Shreveport

  • Kennedy Carrie-Prescott
  • Robert Lawrence
  • James Rushing

Caddo Parish Magnet High in Shreveport

  • Joshua Gill
  • Ian Golsby
  • Sloan Hall
  • Taylor Rosen
  • Grace Sun

Captain Shreve High in Shreveport

  • Stewart Simon

Loyola College Prep in Shreveport

  • Peter Vanchiere

Parkway High in Bossier City

  • Dario Cosic

These students and others from throughout the country have another step to complete before moving on to the finals.

The finalists will compete for 7,500 National Merit scholarships worth more $31 million.

The program will announce the finalists beginning in April and concluding in July.

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