Originally published in Castine Patriot, September 19, 2019
National Merit semifinalists named
Syra Gutow, left, and Chad Davis have been named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
Two seniors from Castine at George Stevens Academy are among 73 statewide to be named 2020 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists.
Syra Gutow and Chad Davis were recognized at an all-school assembly by GSA Head of School Tim Seeley, who called the recognition “a great honor.”
“It feels pretty good,” said Gutow in a press release from the school. She plans to study genetics or neuroscience in college. Davis said he might study computer science, software or engineering.
PSAT scores were used to determine semifinalist status. Soon, Gutow and Davis will start working on thorough scholarship applications in the hope they’ll be named finalists.
From the pool of finalists, to be announced in February, 7,600 students will be selected in spring to receive scholarships worth a total of more than $31 million.