LBHS Senior Caroline Walsh Named National Merit Semifinalist

Schools and Libraries

September 19, 2012

Long Beach High School senior Caroline Walsh was named one of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. As a semifinalist, she will have the opportunity to compete for some 8,300 National Merit Scholarships to be offered next spring.

Caroline was among the 1.5 million juniors who entered the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, commonly known as the PSAT. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

To be eligible to advanced to the finalist stage of the competition, Caroline will be required to submit a detailed scholarship application with information about her academic record, participation in school and community activities, leadership abilities, honors, and awards. Scholarship award winners will be selected from among the finalists, who will be announced in February.

Caroline has contributed to the success of her school through academics, community service and the arts. As a member of the National Honor Society, she has participated in various tutoring and community service activities. Caroline is also active in her school's science research program, and has won awards at regional and international science competitions. This summer she explored new fields of physics in a four-week residential program at Stanford University and also worked under professors at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine studying cancer and diabetes. Her love of acting has brought her to perform in musical productions at Long Beach High School and with the Long Beach Theatre Guild. She has also choreographed shows for the Long Beach Theatre Guild and the Spotlight Children's Theater Academy in Long Beach. Among her other extracurricular activities, she is a member of Model Congress, the Forensics Club and the Leo Lions Club.