Six selected as National Merit semifinalists


Caleb Bryant, Claire Goffinet, Eva Johnson, Emma Kalvan, Jacquelyn Paylor and Bonnie Rice.

In early Sept., about 16,000 high school seniors across the country are notified that they have qualified for the National Merit Scholarship Program. This year, West Shore had six semifinalists: Caleb Bryant, Claire Goffinet, Eva Johnson, Emma Kalvan, Jacqueline Paylor and Bonnie Rice.

Paylor was happy to hear the news.

“When I learned I was chosen to be a semi-finalist for the National Junior Merit Scholarship I was extremely excited because it is a big accomplishment and honor for me.”

Rice was surprised.

“I was not entirely expecting to be chosen so it’s a big deal and accomplishment for me.”

She sees how her hard work has paid off.

“I think that  I deserve to be chosen as a finalist,” Rice said. “I have worked really hard in school and as well as out of school.  I volunteer at a museum and library, I’m an active member in NEHS, work on the lit magazine and I’m in chorus.”

Both Paylor and Rice credit their classes and West Shore for their success on the test.

“West Shore has helped me prepared for these tests by teaching me everything that I need to know.”

Testing coordinator Mike Drake was pleased with the results.

“West Shore is always very proud of their students,” Drake said. “We have established a tradition for the past 12 years for having the most National Merit semi-finalists, finalists and commended scholars of any school in Brevard county.”