Five named National Merit Semifinalists


Photo Paul Jennewein

Robinson’s National Merit Semifinalists and National Hispanic Recognition students stand with IB Guidance Counselor Henderika George and Principal Robert Bhoolai.

Paul Jennewein, Staff Writer

Five Robinson seniors were named National Merit Semifinalists Wednesday due to their high PSAT scores, receiving the opportunity to compete for more than $33 million dollars worth of scholarships offered next spring.

“I feel ecstatic about our National Merit Scholar Semifinalists,” Principal Robert Bhoolai said. “When you talk about 60,000 students across the nation receiving this award when Hillsborough County alone has 200,000 students, it really is a needle in a hay stack.”

Approximately 90% of semifinalists will become finalists, who will compete with other finalists across the country for 7,500 open slots offered by the National Merit, in addition to corporate-sponsored and college-sponsored scholarships

Also announced Wednesday were students honored by the National Hispanic Recognition Program, which recognizes high-scoring Hispanics students based on their PSAT scores.

National Merit Scholar Semifinalists

  • Nell-Curry Boushall
  • Jacob Freedman
  • Isabel Hanewicz
  • Sarah Jennewein
  • Laura Thompson

National Hispanic Heritage Recognition

  • Maya Barrett
  • Nicholas Cohn
  • Isabel Giovannetti
  • Kyle Johnson
  • Justin Marquez
  • Lexx Pino
  • Paula Rescala