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17 BPS Students Named Semifinalists in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program

Viera, FL -- The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Of these 16,000 academically talented high school seniors, 17 represent Brevard Public Schools:


  • Phoenix S. Boggs, Edgewood Jr/Sr High School
  • Alexander S. Budko, West Shore Jr/Sr High School
  • William C. Fitzpatrick, Melbourne High School
  • Yuliang Huang, Edgewood Jr/Sr High School
  • Nikhil H. Iyer, Edgewood Jr/Sr High School
  • Logan L. Jenkins, West Shore Jr/Sr High School
  • Shane A. Layman, Viera High School
  • Nishant R. Mehta, Edgewood Jr/Sr High School
  • Thien-y A. Nguyen, West Shore Jr/Sr High School
  • Ria S. Prasad, Edgewood Jr/Sr High School
  • Vihaan Puskur, West Shore Jr/Sr High School
  • Nathan P. Rao, Edgewood Jr/Sr High School
  • Cameron J. Santiago, Viera High School
  • Chloe E. Seifert, West Shore Jr/Sr High School
  • Erin L. Stolen, Edgewood Jr/Sr High School
  • Thomas A. Tibbetts, Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr High School
  • Surina Venkat, West Shore Jr/Sr High School


Semifinalists were selected based on top Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) scores, taken during their junior year.


Several requirements must be met to advance to the Finalist level of the competition, including a detailed scholarship application containing information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, school, community involvement, demonstrated ability in leadership roles, employment, and honors and awards received. Additionally, Semifinalists must be recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and submit their SAT or ACT scores.


Of the 16,000 Semifinalists, approximately 15,000 students are expected to advance to the Finalist level. They will be notified of this designation in February.


Finalists will have an opportunity to compete for roughly 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million. Merit Scholar designees are selected based on their skills and accomplishments, as well as their potential for success in rigorous collegiate studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.