Cara Bennett Named Semifinalist in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Competition
Baldwin High School Senior Cara Bennett has been selected as a National Merit Semifinalist, one of only 16,000 students in the country to receive the distinction.
“We are very proud of Cara and all her hard work but it comes as no surprise,” said Superintendent Dr. Noris Price. “Cara has been an outstanding student with a very bright future. She is a great example of all that is possible in our public schools.”
Bennett, a current junior at Baldwin High School, currently has a 3.9 grade point average and. she is also a full-time dual enrollment student at Georgia College, having already earned 23 hours of college credit. Bennett is currently ranked #1 in her class and has the highest SAT score in Baldwin High School, scoring a nearly perfect 1530.
Bennett also serves as the secretary for the Baldwin High School Beta Club, a member of the National Honor Society and plays Bravettes Soccer.
About National Merit Scholarship Corporation
Established in 1955, National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance. NMSC is exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and contributions to NMSC are tax deductible by the donor. NMSC conducts the National Merit® Scholarship Program, an annual academic competition for recognition and college undergraduate scholarships.
Additionally, from 1965 to 2015, NMSC conducted the National Achievement® Scholarship Program, an academic competition for Black American high school students. (See the National Achievement Scholarship Program page for information about the program and its history.)
Since its founding, NMSC has recognized over 3.3 million students and provided some 432,000 scholarships worth over $1.7 billion. The honors awarded by NMSC to exceptionally able students are viewed as definitive marks of excellence. Recipients of Merit Scholarship® awards, Achievement Scholarship® awards, and corporate-sponsored Special Scholarships have increased the nation's respect for intellectual accomplishments and have contributed significantly to its talent pool of future leaders.
(Please follow this link to the press release from the national organization.)