Santa Cruz Students Recognized by National Merit Scholarship Committee

Seniors rank in the top 3 percent nationwide

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In October 2012 all juniors in Santa Cruz city schools took the PSAT as part of the district's ongoing initiatives to expand support along the path to higher education. 

As a result of these efforts, for the past several years a growing number of district students have performed in the top tiers of their peers nationwide.

The following seniors have qualified as Commended Students by the National Merit Scholarship Program:

Harbor High School

  • Rachel Handley
  • Amy Iwasaki
  • Duncan Wilmot


Santa Cruz High School

  • Benjamin Bacher
  • Gabriel Bolender
  • Hannah Cytron-Thaler
  • Eva Kurtz
  • Bruin Pollard
  • Yuqin Shen
  • Tristan Wylde-LaRue


Soquel High School

  • Hudson Cooper
The National Merit  Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) — a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year — and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements.


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