Local Students Named 2023 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
Parkland resident Isabella Delgado of Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School, Marjory Stoneman Douglas’s Rushil Kothur and Joshua Schwartz, Coral Glades’ Olivia Schwartz. Not pictured are Choy, Ferguson, Haque, and Reynolds.

By: Sharon Aron Baron

Over 16,000 Semifinalists were named in the 68th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, and several are seniors in Parkland, Coral Springs, and Coconut Creek.

These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,250 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $28 million that will be offered next spring.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.


Marjory Stoneman Douglas
Choy, Jason T.
Haque, Nabeeha
Kothur, Rushil
Schwartz, Joshua R.

Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School
Delgado, Isabella – Parkland

Coral Springs

Coral Glades
Schwartz, Olivia S.

Ferguson, Thomas J.

Coconut Creek

Monarch High
Reynolds, Brooke E.

North Broward Preparatory School
Becker, Ethan J.
Gopal, Devraj N.
Katz, Cailey J.

North Broward Prep Students Named 2023 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
National Merit Semifinalists from North Broward Prep: Ethan Becker, Devraj Gopal, and Cailey Katz {courtesy NBPS}

About 95 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and approximately half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

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Sharon Aron Baron
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Sharon Aron Baron is a Parkland resident and editor of Talk Media. She has been covering Parkland news since 2012. Parkland Talk was created to provide News, Views, and Entertainment for the residents of Parkland.
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