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Two LBHS Students Receive National Merit Honors

(L-R): LBHS Counselor Jeanne Brown, senior Kyle Herkins, senior Kenneth Chu, and LBHS Counselor Nichole Rosa.

Laguna Beach High School students Kenneth Chu and Kyle Herkins have been named semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. These talented seniors will have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million next spring.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and about half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title. The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors. Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as the initial screen of program entrants.

National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists will be notified of their finalist status in February 2020. National Merit Scholarship Program winners will be notified beginning in April.

PTA’s Coffee Talk Returns Sept.26

Families that are new to the Laguna Beach Unified School District are invited to attend the PTA Coffee Talk “New Families Welcome Tea” on Thursday, Sept. 26, from 9-10:30 a.m. at Kitchen in the Canyon, 845 Laguna Canyon Road.

This is a chance for new parents to meet other families that are also new to the district. You will get to know a little bit more about your new schools and the town. Longtime residents are welcome to join to help welcome the new families. Light breakfast snack and beverages will be served.

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