MANATEE COUNTY - Five Manatee District seniors have been named Semifinalists in the prestigious 65th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

They are Jacob Whiddon and Madigan Wilford of Braden River High School ,
Claire Davidson of Lakewood Ranch High School , Olivia Hansen of Manatee High School , and Hailey Maurer of Southeast High School. Davidson was the Florida HS Pitcher of the Year, and recently announced that she will play softball at Duke University.

These 5 students have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next Spring.