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CBHS Senior Is National Merit Scholar

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CBHS Senior Is National Merit Scholar
Posted on 06/04/2020
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David Botana, a senior at Casco Bay High School, is a college-sponsored National Merit Scholarship winner. David is among just nine Maine students recently announced as winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by the U.S. colleges and universities they plan to attend. David and the other Maine students are part of a select cohort of  approximately 3,300 students nationwide to win the college-sponsored scholarships so far.

In David’s case, he won a National Merit Northwestern University Scholarship. David, who is interested in a career in biomedical engineering, will attend the university this fall. Northwestern is a major teaching and research institution with its undergraduate campus in Evanston, Ill.

“David Botana is an exceptional scholar and an even better human being,” said Casco Bay High School Principal Derek Pierce. “We are so proud of him.”

Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the Finalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.

This year, 167 higher education private and public institutions are underwriting Merit Scholarship awards through the National Merit Scholarship Program. An additional group of Scholars will be announced in July, bringing the total number of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship recipients in the 2020 competition to about 4,100.

David and the other Maine Merit Scholarship winners are a part of a distinguished  group of about 7,600 high school seniors total who will receive a variety of National Merit Scholarships for college undergraduate study worth over $30 million.

The Portland Public Schools is Maine’s largest school district, with 6,750 students this year, and is also the most diverse. About one-third of the district’s students – 35 percent – come from homes where languages other than English are spoken—a total of more than 60 languages. About 53 percent of the district’s students are white and 47 percent are students of color. Approximately half of PPS students qualify for free or reduced school lunch.

PHOTO: CBHS senior David Botana was among three PPS students the Portland Board of Public Education honored in October 2019 for being named National Merit Semifinalists. David is pictured between Board Chair Roberto Rodriguez (left) and Superintendent Xavier Botana.