Ian Cueli, 17, of Miami Lakes, was named a 2021 National Merit Scholar.
Ian attended Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic School in Miami Lakes and is a senior at Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School in Southwest Ranches.
He will attend the University of Florida, and will receive the National Merit Finalist Benacquisto Scholarship, his school said.
To become a National Merit Scholar, students must take the PSAT test, the National Merit
Scholarship Qualifying Test and also achieve high scores on the SAT exam.
The academic contest draws more than a million high school juniors from 21,000 schools, and about 16,000 of those competitors become semifinalists.
To reach the next level, scholars must have high grades, provide letters of recommendation, participate in school and community activities and write a personal essay, the organization said.
Photo courtesy of Allen Cueli.