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IMG Academy’s Jacqueline Bendrick named National Merit semifinalist; Gregory Hunter named National Achievement semifinalist

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Jacqueline Bendrick of Mercer Island, Wash., a senior in the golf program, was named as a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist

IMG Academy has announced that senior Jacqueline Bendrick of Mercer Island, Wash. has been named as a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist, and classmate Gregory Hunter (pictured, left) of Chicago, Ill. has been named as a National Achievement Scholarship semifinalist.

“This is a great national honor, and I’ve worked really hard to bring my academics to a high level, and that’s one of the reasons I’m here at IMG Academy, to be able to pursue strong academics and pursue my love of golf,” Bendrick remarked. “I’m looking for a college with a good program in biotechnology, so I will be able to pursue my dream of going into laboratory research in medicine.”

“I worked really hard to study for the PSAT, and to learn that I was made it as a semifinalist was a real honor,” Hunter commented. “When I get to college I want to major in engineering, so I’m looking at schools with strong programs in either physics or computer science.”

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an annual academic competition for recognition and scholarships that is open to all U.S. high school students who meet the published entry requirements. Approximately 1.5 million students from more than 22,000 schools entered into the competition by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). Bendrick, a member of the IMG Academy Golf program, is one of 16,000 semifinalists, which made up about 1% of the total entries. 8,000 National Merit Scholarships will be awarded in the spring of 2014. Last spring, IMG Academy’s Samy Ramadane earned a place among the 8,000 awardees.

Gregory Hunter, a member of the IMG Academy Boys Basketball program, was one of just over 1,600 African-American High School seniors who were designated semifinalists in the 50th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program. Hunter will have an opportunity to continue for one of approximately 800 Achievement Scholarship® awards. The semifinalists were chosen from among more than 160,000 high school juniors from around the United States when they took the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). Semifinalists were to present a record of high academic performance throughout high school, be recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirmed their PSAT/NMSQT performance.

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