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Bishop Verot student from Sanibel among semifinalists

By Staff | Sep 25, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED National Merit Scholarship semifinalists Vincenzo Vall-Llobera, Katherine Kupsaw and Connor Shovlin.

Three students from Bishop Verot Catholic High School in Fort Myers were recently named semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Katherine Kupsaw, daughter of Dr. Robert and Lena Kupsaw of Sanibel, is among the three of only 16,000 students nationwide to be recognized among the 1.6 million juniors who entered the competition by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The two other Bishop Verot students are Connor Shovlin, son of Robert and Kirsten Shovlin of Fort Myers, and Vincenzo Val-Llobera, son of Barbara Aprile and Ricardo Vall-Llobera of Cape Coral.

Being named semifinalist puts Kupsaw, Shovlin and Vall-Llobera in a group representing less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors. The academically talented students have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million to be offered next spring, after fulfilling several requirements to advance to Finalist standing.

“Verot is extremely proud of the hard work and accomplishments of these exceptional students, and we look forward to their future successes,” Principal Dr. Denny Denison said.