National Merit Scholarship Program salutes five Ocala/Marion teens

Five Marion County students have been honored by the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program, which salutes students who score in the top 3% of 1.5 million entrants from more than 21,000 high schools.

Three Marion scholars are enrolled at Vanguard High School: Diego Carrascosa, Colin McLaughlin and Rushi Patel. A fourth student, Sarah McGinley, is enrolled at Forest High School and the other, Casiel Smith, attends West Port High School.

The 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program will award about $ 30 million in college scholarships to about 7,500 students.

2021:Two Marion teens recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program

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High school students enter the program by taking the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) and a National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which are both used to screen the entrants.

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