Thirty-two seniors earn recognition in National Merit Scholarship competition

Sixteen Ransom Everglades students were named National Merit Semifinalists, advancing in the 68th annual competition for National Merit Scholarships. Chloe Alfonso '24, Christine Keedy Brown '24, Siona Dua '24, Nicolas Fayad '24, Ian Fox '24, Elliot Gross '24, Erick Gross '24, Alexander Jones '24, Derrick Ma '24, Takeo Owens '24, Victoria Paraoulaki de Miranda '24, Martin Piedrahita '24, Lauren Scott '24, Margaret Seabrook '24, Nolan Wu '24 and Eve Zhou '24 were among some 16,000 students from around the nation invited on Sept. 13 to contend for $2,500 scholarships.
An additional 16 RE students earned Commended Student recognition in late September: Sophia Bonafonte ’24, Mackenzie Buckner ’24, William Charouhis ’24, Daniel Figueroa ’24, Jackson Langer ’24, James Malone ’24, Violet Martin ’24, Thomas Maxwell ’24, Alan Motoki ’24, Nicolas Poliak ’24, Jack Pollock ’24, Maya Shaked ’24, Esmeralda Swietelsky ’24, Alexander Tong ’24, Stephanie Wallen ’24 and George Wood-Leness ’24.

The students earned recognition on the basis of their performance on the PSAT, which is administered during the junior year and serves as an initial screen of more than 1.3 million high school students annually. Those awarded the semifinalist distinction who wish to compete for scholarships must submit applications and meet certain requirements.
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 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.