Twelve RE seniors named National Merit Semifinalists
Twelve Ransom Everglades seniors earned National Merit Semifinalist recognition, advancing in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship program based on their performance on last year's PSAT exam. The students – Felipe Clavijo '21, Liam de Araujo '21, Margaret Dill '21, Alex Dray '21, Fahrenaz Hatami '21, Axel Hicks '21, Daniel Jackson '21, Bruce Jagid '21, Erik Medina '21, Gabe Pulido '21, Maya Rosen '21 and Viviana Vela '21 – scored in the top one percent of the 1.5 million who took the test nationwide in 2019.
They will continue competing in the 66th annual contest for 7,600 scholarships worth about $30 million. To become a National Merit Finalist, each semifinalist must submit a detailed scholarship application. A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and write an essay. Finalists will be announced in January, and the National Merit Scholarship winners, in the spring.
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.