The following 22 members of the Class of 2013 have been recognized for their outstanding performance on the PSAT taken last Fall.  The National Merit Scholarship Program recognizes students who score among the top 3% (50,000). 34,000 are recognized as Commended Students; the top 1% (16,000) are selected as Semi-Finalists, competing for 15,000 Finalist scholarship awards.

Alternative Family Education

Semi-Finalist (top 1%)

  • Russell Huang

Harbor High School

Commended Students (Top 3%)

  • Leandra S. Forte
  • Jasper Q. Andrew
  • Nathaniel Williams
  • Casey J. Monahan
  • Saige J. Manier

Santa Cruz High School

Semi-Finalists (top 1%)

  • Justin Szasz
  • Rachel Zhang

Commended Students (Top 3%)

  • Zoe Altenberg
  • Hannah J. Atkinson
  • Daniel J. Berrios
  • Christina M. Cole
  • Claire A. Grishaw-Jones
  • Cassandra Hamilton
  • Giselle Khan
  • Natalia Kazimi
  • Grace A. Kumaishi
  • Linnea Nelson
  • Gillian K. Rexroad
  • Turner Roll
  • Emily Szasz

Soquel High School

Commended Students (Top 3%)

  • Graham D. Denevan
  • Grae R. Zimmerman

Every year approximately 1.5 million high school juniors take the the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Seniors advancing to the Finalist level must have an outstanding academic record throughout their high school years, receive their principal’s recommendation, write an essay and achieve substantial SAT scores. National Merit Scholars (8300) winning scholarship awards from the $34 million pool will be named in the Spring.

This month, the class of 2014 will take the PSAT. As part of the Santa Cruz City Schools district-wide effort to promote a college-going culture, all juniors are encouraged to take the test, with need-based funding made available to cover test fees.