Taylor Galloway, CCC Class of 2022, National Merit Semifinalist

CLEARWATER, FL. –– The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) today announced a Clearwater Central Catholic High School senior as a semifinalist in the 67th annual National Merit® Scholarship Program.

Congratulations to Taylor Galloway ’22 on qualifying for this prestigious honor!

High school juniors entered the 2022 National Merit® Scholarship Program by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Taylor is among approximately 16,000 semifinalists who represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and include the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

To become a finalist, each student must submit a detailed scholarship application in which they provide information about their academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, honors or awards received, and the recommendation of a school official. About 95 percent of semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, with approximately half of those finalists winning one of 7,500 National Merit Scholarships totaling $30 million.

In addition, six CCC seniors received National Merit Commendations in the 67th annual National Merit® Scholarship Program: Rebecca Buete, Allison Carson, Riley Deputy, Héctor Miranda-Plaza, Derek Porcelli and Mary Reimann.

“At CCC, we’re proud to honor our students that inspire excellence in all aspects of education, from academic prestige to artistic accolades to athletic prowess,” said Principal Jim Deputy. “Today, I am beyond proud to honor Taylor as a National Merit Semifinalist, as well as our six National Merit Commended Scholars, for representing CCC on the national academic stage. Way to go, Marauders!”

We believe CCC’s participation in the Ray Dass SARATM Program has significantly contributed to our growing group of National Merit qualifying students. SARATM is a three-year school-wide program intended to increase PSAT, SAT, and ACT scores for students of all academic levels in a school. This will be our first class (’22) that’s had access to SARATM for the full three-year length of the program — and the results speak for themselves.

Taylor credits her success to a combination of participation in the SARATM program with her personal commitment to hard work.

“I took all the advice from the Ray Dass [SARATM] program and put in all the extra work and study time suggested,” said Galloway. “I was motivated to put in the work upfront because I knew that excelling here would pay off in terms of college acceptances and scholarship opportunities.”

Taylor (center) was personally congratulated and celebrated by CCC leaders Dr. John Venturella, President, (left) and Jim Deputy, Principal (right).

About Clearwater Central Catholic High School

Clearwater Central Catholic High School, a college-preparatory school in the Diocese of St. Petersburg and affiliated with the Sisters of Notre Dame, is committed to educating the whole person with “minds for truth, hearts for love, and hands for service.” Our unique academic and extensive co-curricular and student-centered program inspires all persons to develop their spiritual, intellectual, moral, physical, and creative potential and to respect the diversity among them and in the world beyond. We further challenge our students to intentionally pursue social justice and live in service to others for the betterment of society.