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Carlie Porterfield, left, and Tatanka Castro, right. PHOTO by IRIS CAMPBELL

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San Marcos High School students Carlie Porterfied and Tatanka Castro are “advanced placement scholars,” according to SMHS Advanced Academics Coordinator Cecily Moore.

Additionally, the College Board recently designated Castro a semi-finalist in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Since the College Board reports came out earlier this fall, San Marcos High School gained two AP scholars, which brings the school’s total this year to 20 students who earned AP Scholar Awards, including three AP Scholar with Honor awards and one AP Scholar with Distinction. Only about 18 percent of the more than 1.8 million students worldwide who took AP exams performed at a high enough level to be named an AP Scholar, said SMCISD spokesperson Iris Campbell.

Nationwide, there were approximately 16,000 students who were named semi-finalists in the 57th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, said Campbell. These seniors will continue vie for National Merit Scholarships worth more than $34 million that will be offered next spring. About 90 percent of the semi-finalists are expected to become finalists, and more than half of the finalists will win scholarships along with the Merit Scholar title.

Advancements to the finalist level will be announced in February 2012, and all National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this finalist group.

This fall, SMHS announced that the school had one “commended student” in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program and three National Hispanic Scholars for 2011-2012.

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