RANDOM LAKE — Random Lake High School Senior, Caty DeBroux, was recently presented with the honor of Merit Scholar Semifinalist. She is one of 16,000 students nationwide to receive this honor, representing less than 1% of high school seniors nationwide.
The 62nd annual scholarship program recognizes academically talented students and provides an opportunity to continue on as a possible recipient of over 7,500 national scholarships worth $33 million. To be eligible for these scholarships, DeBroux must advance to the final round. Approximately 90% of semi-finalists will advance to the final round if they fulfill the requirements for the final round of the competition. Of those 90%, half will earn the Merit Scholar Title and could receive one or more of the three scholarships offered.
DeBroux reached semifinalist status after taking the Preliminary SAT test and scoring as one of the highest entrants from the state of Wisconsin. Approximately 1.6 million students take the PSAT each year.
“It is great to get recognition of doing well on the test. I can put it on scholarship/college applications and will hopefully be awarded more money for college because of it. College is expensive and every little bit helps,” said DeBroux. “I’m excited to see what impact a test I took two years ago has on my future.”