W H AT ’ S H A P P E N I N G I N
Pair of Flagler Palm Coast
High School Students Semifinalists for
National Merit Scholarships
Earlier this month, the National Merit Scholarship
Corporation announced the names of approximately
16,000 Semifinalists in its 65th annual National Merit
Scholarship Program. Two students from Flagler Palm
Coast High School are on that list. They are Elizabeth
Wolcott and Liying Wu. Both Wolcott and Wu now have
the opportunity to compete for some 7,600 National
Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will
be offered next spring.
According to the National Merit Scholarship
Corporation, over 1.5 million juniors
entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship
Program by taking the 2018 PSAT, which
is an initial screen of program entrants.
Those students who qualify as Semifinalists
represent less than one percent of high
Elizabeth Wolcott is the vice president of
FPC’s Future Problem Solving program. She
also dances at Mia Bella Academy of Dance.
Elizabeth says her dream school would be Yale
University but is also eyeing the University of
Florida and Vassar College. She plans to major
and pursue a career in mathematics.
Liying Wu has plans to attend the University
of Chicago upon graduation. She is currently
the vice-president of the school’s Bridge Club as
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well as a member of Future Problem Solvers, Mu Alpha
Theta, and the Flagler Youth Orchestra.
Both young women are also enrolled in the FPCHS
International Baccalaureate program.
National Merit Scholarship winners of 2020 will be
announced between April and July. Since its inception in
1955, more than 345,000 young people have earned the
Merit Scholar title.