National Merit Semi-Finalist: Natalie Otero


National Merit Semi-Finalist:  Natalie Otero
Carla Chin

National Merit Competition  
Bishop Kenny High School is proud to announce that Natalie Otero, Class of 2022, has been named a National Merit Semifinalist in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.  The 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program finalists will be confirmed in February in 2022. 
Natalie maintains a rigorous academic schedule with a 4.5 GPA.  She is actively involved in the greater Jacksonville community and has accumulated an incredible 718 service hours.  Natalie is involved in many extracurricular activities at BK as a member of the science, Spanish, history, and FCCLA clubs, the St. Vincent de Paul Society and the National Merit, Rho Kappa, and Math Honor Societies. She serves in leadership positions for the National Honor and National English Honor Societies. Natalie is also a captain of the Cross-Country team, the senior head of morning announcements. and a Girls State Member of House of Representatives.   
Natalie says, “As a child, I grew up hearing stories about how my grandparents came to the United States from Cuba with nothing, not even speaking the language. The fact that my family found success through their determination and hard work has always been an inspiration to me. I want to make my family proud not only in my achievements but also in how I achieve - through my hard work, just like my family before me.”  Natalie would like to attend the University of Florida and major in biology with plans to pursue a higher degree in the medical field. 
Congratulations are also extended to seniors John Cratem, Megan Cunningham, Sinan Khudhur, Jordan Rill, and Ria Saldajeno, who were also recognized as Commended Students in the National Merit Program. This distinction was also based on their outstanding PSAT scores.