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16 Students from Santa Barbara District Named National Merit Finalists

Program recognizes achievements at San Marcos, Dos Pueblos and Santa Barbara high schools

By Barbara Keyani for the Santa Barbara Unified School District |

Schools have now received the names of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s National Merit finalists, and this year, 16 students were identified from the Santa Barbara Unified School District.

San Marcos High School

David McBride

Santa Barbara High School

Cyrus Caretto
Olivia Walker

Dos Pueblos High School

Jacqueline Botts
Phoebe Bradbury
Sophie D’Arcy
Vy-Luan Huynh
Shen Meinhold
Waiman Meinhold
Justin Morris
Benjamin Sutton
Lora Voyen
Connie Wang
Chloe Warinner
Jacob Wiener
Michael Yi

Annually, of the 1.5 million students who take the National Merit Scholarship Program’s PSAT/MNSQT, about 50,000 are identified with the highest score in three areas: critical reading plus math plus writing skills. In September, about 34,000 commended students and 16,000 semifinalists are selected from the pool of 50,000 high-scoring students. Then, in February, finalists are selected from the pool of semifinalists.

National Merit Scholarship winners will be chosen from the pool of finalists, based on their abilities, skills and accomplishments. From March through mid-June, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation notifies about 8,300 finalists that they have been selected to received a National Merit Scholarship award (corporate-sponsored award, college-sponsored award or a special scholarship)

— Barbara Keyani is administrative services and communications coordinator for the Santa Barbara Unified School District.

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» on 02.25.12 @ 01:04 AM

Dos Pueblos has more than four times the National Merit Scholars of the other two high school COMBINED? Wow, what’s in the water out there in western Goleta? I was going to consider SB High for my children, but this seals the deal—DP for us!

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