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Caddo leads region in National Merit Scholarship Finalists

Caddo Parish Public Schools is once again the regional leader in National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists. The district is currently home to 10 semifinalists including nine students from Caddo Parish Magnet High School and one student from C.E. Byrd High School. 


In the Fall of 2016 approximately 1.6 million 11th graders from across the United States took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test with the hope of making it to the next round of the scholarship competition.  From the 1.6 million students, approximately 16,000 were designated as semi-finalists. Caddo's 2017-2018 school year semifinalists are: 
  • Robert Brown, Caddo Parish Magnet High
  • Sean Cassingham, Caddo Parish Magnet High
  • Sean Hearn, Caddo Parish Magnet High
  • Jack Howard, Caddo Parish Magnet High
  • Sunjay Letchuman, Caddo Parish Magnet High
  • Christopher McCallon, Caddo Parish Magnet High
  • Ariel Miller, Caddo Parish Magnet High
  • Matthew Willis, Caddo Parish Magnet High
  • Shayan Yerrapragada, Caddo Parish Magnet High
  • Madison Huckaby, C.E. Byrd High School
Additionally, nine Caddo Parish Magnet High were recognized by National Merit Scholarship Corporation as Commended Scholars. Their names are:  Additionally, nine Caddo Parish Magnet High were recognized by National Merit Scholarship Corporation as Commended Scholars. Their names are: 
  • Whit Abney, Caddo Parish Magnet High
  • Dartagnan Bennett, Caddo Parish Magnet High
  • Elizabeth Brice, Caddo Parish Magnet High
  • Tara Butler, Caddo Parish Magnet High
  • Christopher Chen, Caddo Parish Magnet High
  • Jemma Clary, Caddo Parish Magnet High
  • Johnum Palado, Caddo Parish Magnet High
  • Dakota Simpson, Caddo Parish Magnet High
  • Victoria Wells, Caddo Parish Magnet High
These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 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. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2018 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 330,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.