Dripping Springs High School senior Mitchell Bockelman has been selected as a National Merit semifinalist in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Semifinalists represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, and were the highest-scoring students on the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
The son of Erika and David Bockelman, Mitchell has an outstanding academic record, including numerous AP and pre-AP courses. He has played baseball since age 6, and has been in a starting role every year in high school. Mitchell earned academic all-district honors in baseball as a junior. He plans to major in computer science in college and hopes to continue his baseball playing career, but has not yet decided on a university.
To become a National Merit finalist, a student must have an outstanding high school academic record, be recommended by the school principal, and submit SAT scores that confirm his/her earlier qualifying test performance. The index score in the state of Texas (which is how students qualify) was at an all-time high. Finalists will be announced in February 2021.