• News Release: Five PGCPS Scholars Named National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists

    September 20, 2016
    For Immediate Release
    Office of Communications


    UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Five Eleanor Roosevelt High School students were named semifinalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.

    Abel Banko, Victor Baumann, Stella Hurtt, Shilpa Ray and Christine Zhang will join the national competition for 7,500 awards totaling more than $33 million.

    Approximately 16,000 students were selected as semifinalists out of a pool of 1.6 million, representing 22,000 high schools across the nation. Semifinalists were chosen based on their performance on the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).

    Finalists will be announced in the spring, and will be selected based on their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies.


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    Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), one of the nation's 25 largest school districts, has 208 schools and centers, more than 130,000 students and nearly 19,000 employees. Under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, the school system serves a diverse student population from urban, suburban and rural communities located in the Washington, DC suburbs. PGCPS is nationally recognized for innovative programs and initiatives that provide students with unique learning opportunities, including arts integration, environmental and financial literacy, and language immersion.