What Sets Us Apart


(Evanston, Illinois) Today officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Three TASIS Dorado seniors, ENRIQUE CARRASCO, SOPHIA DUCHATEAU, and ZOE GARCÍA were named semifinalists. These academically talented seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship ® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. Over 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar ® title.

NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 400 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC's goals of honoring the nation's scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.

Steps in the 2020 Competition

Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state's percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist's academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT®or ACT® scores that confirm the student's earlier performance on the qualifying test.

From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.

National Merit Scholarships

Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2020. Every Finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit® $2500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state-representational basis. About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 220 corporations and business organizations for Finalists who meet their specified criteria, such as children of the grantor's employees or residents of communities where sponsor plants or offices are located. In addition, about 180 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4,100 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2020 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 345,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

Enrique, Sophia, and Zoe, we are very proud of your accomplishments! It is a great day to be a BEAR!

#nationalmeritscholarship #TDBearPride

National Merit, Merit Scholarship, Merit Scholar, and the corporate "Lamp of Learning" logo are federally registered service marks of National Merit Scholarship Corporation. PSAT/NMSQT' is a registered trademark of National Merit Scholarship Corporation and College Board.

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TASIS Dorado Presents the Distinguished Class of 2019

On Friday, May 31, 2019, 42 students donned caps and gowns on a beautiful evening at the TASIS Dorado Performing Arts Center. Awards were distributed, diplomas nicely presented, and our most recent graduates became our 9th Alumni class. The impressive list of colleges to which these students were accepted is a testament to their hard work and talents. We congratulate our dear class of 2019 on completing the final steps in their journey at TASIS Dorado and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors!

Headmaster's Message to the Class of 2019




  • National Anthems: María Victoria Hayes and Jorge Blasini. Directed by Mr. Joel Bracero
  • Welcome Address & Master of Ceremonies: Sara Hernández
  • Invocation: Noah Neugebauer, Class of 2019 Vice-President
  • Presentation of Academic & Special Awards: Garrison Knapp, Maritere Matosantos and Sara Hernández
  • Alumni Address: Angelo Fernández, Class of 2015
  • Presentation of Diplomas: Maritere Matosantos, Dr. Timothy Howard, Friedel Stubbe, and Sara Hernández
  • Valedictorian: Jorge Blasini
  • Introduction of Class President: Maritere Matosantos
  • Class President Speech: Gabriela Rivera
  • Special Message: Federico "Friedel" Stubbe, Chairman of PRISA Group and TASIS Dorado Founder
  • Recognition for Ten and Fifteen Years of Service: Dr. Timothy Howard
  • Words of Appreciation and Closure: Dr. Timothy Howard

Introducing the Graduates from the Class of 2019

  • Jorge Ignacio Adames Reyes
  • Anushka Shunker Agarwal
  • Jorge E. Blasini Frontera
  • Marina Michelle Bonnet McNamara
  • Leeha M. Calaff Marrero
  • Maikol Alexander Calixto Colón
  • Nicolle Estelle Carlo Franceschi
  • Marcelo J. Carrasquillo-Vilaró
  • Faviola N. Collazo Vélez
  • Thalía Colón García
  • Alondra De La Cruz Rodríguez
  • María Fernanda Díaz Rivera
  • Juan Carlos Faure Cintrón
  • McKenna Friedland
  • William Apperson Gardner IV
  • Carolina Isabelle González Frontera
  • Carolina del Mar González Santos
  • María Victoria Hayes Navas
  • Valeria Sofía Hernández Echegaray
  • Harrison Matthew Kulick
  • Michael López Sanfilippo
  • Karel Betzel Manzano Vega
  • Patricia Isabel Mateo Ramos
  • Yariel A. Mercado Then
  • Noah Todd Neugebauer
  • María Isabel Ocasio López
  • Paige Flora Osguthorpe
  • Isabella Cecilia Pacheco Cruz
  • Ricardo André Pérez Ojeda
  • Camila Alejandra Pérez Vázquez
  • Gabriela Cristina Rivera Rivera
  • Melanie Marie Rodríguez Domaleski
  • Vielka Elisse Román Cintrón
  • Yael Román Díaz
  • José Carlos Santiago
  • Max Anton Schroder
  • Noah David Schwartz
  • George Matthew Sotelo
  • Gabriela Torres López
  • Christian G. Torres Vargas
  • Ángel Manuel Vélez Villamil
  • Edmond Zacapa Mejía


  • Valedictorian: Jorge Blasini
  • Salutatorian: Anushka Agarwal
  • The TASIS Dorado Scholar: Paige Osguthorpe, Harrison Kulick and Mr. Noah Neugebauer


  • Visual Arts Award: María Ocasio and Marina Bonnet
  • Drama Award: Maikol Calixto
  • Music Award: Jorge Blasini
  • Athletic Award: Angel Vélez
  • Principal's Award: Valeria Hernández
  • Community Service Award: Alondra De la Cruz and María Victoria Hayes
  • 2019 Ronald Reagan Leadership Medal: María Victoria Hayes
  • Senior Civility and Core Virtues Award: Carolina González, Yariel
  • Mercado, María Ocasio, Nicolle Carlo, Christian Torres, Alondra De La Cruz and Marcelo Carrasquillo
  • Carmen Ana Vizcarrondo Citizenship Award: Yael Roman and María Victoria Hayes
  • The Priscilla González Stubbe Leadership Award: Jorge Blasini


  • English Scholar: Thalía Colón García
  • French Scholar: Thalía Colón García
  • Spanish Scholar: Jorge Blasini
  • Social Studies Scholar: Jorge Blasini
  • Mathematics Scholar: Valeria Hernández
  • Italian Scholar: Valeria Hernández
  • Science Scholar: Anushka Agarwal
  • Computer Science Scholar: Marcelo Carrasquillo
  • Art Scholar: María Isabel Ocasio


  • Jorge I. Adames Reyes
  • Marina Michelle Bonnet McNamara
  • Marcelo J. Carrasquillo-Vilaró
  • Nicolle Estelle Carlo Franceschi
  • María Fernanda Díaz Rivera
  • Michael López Sanfilippo
  • María Isabel Ocasio
  • Ricardo André Pérez Ojeda
  • Camila Alejandra Pérez Vázquez
  • Gabriela Cristina Rivera Rivera
  • Max Anton Schroder


  • Carolina I. González Frontera


  • Carolina González Frontera
  • Valeria Hernández Echegaray


  • Leeha Calaff
  • Nicolle Carlo
  • Thalía Colón
  • Carolina González Frontera
  • Michael López
  • Karel Manzano
  • Noah Neugebauer
  • Camila Pérez
  • Noah Schwartz


  • Jorge Adames
  • Marcelo Carrasquillo


  • Anushka Agarwal
  • Jorge Blasini
  • Valeria Hernández
  • George Sotelo


  • Anushka Agarwal
  • Noah Schwartz


  • Michael Calixto - International Honor Thespian
  • Thalía Colón - Honor Thespian 7 Star; President's List Scholar
  • María Victoria Hayes - Thespian 3 Star; Vice President's List Scholar


  • Jorge Adames, Bronze Medal
  • Thalía Colón, Bronze Medal
  • Carolina González, Bronze Medal, Creative Writing Award

Colleges Offering Admission to the Class of 2019

  • American International College
  • American University
  • Assumption College
  • Bard College
  • Baylor University
  • Bates College
  • Bentley University
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Bridgewater State University
  • Brigham Young University
  • California Polytechnic State University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Cornell University
  • Davidson College
  • De Paul University
  • Drexel University
  • Eastern Connecticut State University
  • Eckerd College
  • Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne
  • Elon University
  • Emory University
  • Endicott College
  • Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • Florida International University
  • Florida State University
  • George Mason University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology | Georgia Tech
  • Georgetown University
  • George Washington University
  • Haverford College
  • Houston Baptist University
  • Interamerican University of Puerto Rico
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • LIM College
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Loyola University New Orleans
  • Lynn University
  • Manhattan College
  • Marquette University
  • Marymount Manhattan College
  • McGill University
  • Michigan State University
  • Muhlenberg College
  • New York University
  • Northeastern University
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Parsons New School of Design
  • Pennsylvania State-University Park
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Ponce
  • Pratt Institute
  • Providence College
  • Purdue University (2)
  • Quincy University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic University (2)
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Rider University
  • Roger Williams University
  • Rollins College
  • Saint Joseph's University (2)
  • Savannah College of Arts & Design | SCAD
  • Stetson University
  • Syracuse University
  • Temple University
  • The Catholic University of America
  • The Ohio State University
  • Tufts University
  • Texas A&M University
  • Texas Christian University
  • Texas State University
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Colorado-Boulder
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Dallas
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Florida
  • University of Illinois-Chicago,
  • Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Boston
  • University of Miami
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • University of New Haven
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh, Main Campus, Greensburg
  • University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, Mayaguez, Bayamón, Arecibo
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Southern California
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Tampa
  • University of Texas, Austin, Dallas
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Vassar College
  • Villanova University
  • Wake Forest University
  • Wellesley College
  • Wesleyan University
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Congratulations to the entire class of 2019 and the best of luck as you move on to the next chapter of your life!

#TDBearPride #TDClassof2019

Enrique Rivera Ferraiuoli '21 to represent Puerto Rico at International Mathematical Olympiad in United Kingdom

TASIS Dorado is incredibly proud to announce that 10th-grader Enrique Rivera Ferraiuoli will represent Puerto Rico in the 60th International Mathematical Olympiad to be held in the United Kingdom this summer (IMO2019), the largest and most prestigious of all of the international olympiads. Enrique will be the only delegate in the Puerto Rico team and will be accompanied by two delegate professors, Team Leader Dr. Luis Cáceres and Deputy Leader Dr. Omar Colón from UPR Mayagüez.

The competition involves teams of up to six contestants sitting two exams on consecutive days. Each exam lasts 4.5 hours and contains three difficult problems. This unique event brings together the brightest young minds from over 100 countries and represents, for them, the culmination of many years of mathematical endeavor and hundreds of attempts at solving problems.

Enrique, a familiar face at local math competitions won a Bronze medal for Puerto Rico last summer in La Habana, Cuba at the Mathematical Olympiad of Central America and the Caribbean (OMCC).

Summary of Enrique Rivera's Notable Competition Awards:

2018 Math Competitions
• Bronze, Mathematical Olympiad of Central America and the Caribbean in Cuba (OMCC)
• Gold, 3rd Phase of the Olimpiadas de Matemáticas de Puerto Rico (OMPR)

2017 Math Competitions
• Gold, Olimpiadas de Mayo (OMA)
• Gold, Competencia Matemática por Equipos (COMATEQ)
• Silver, MathCounts MetroWest at Universidad Politécnica
• Silver, 3rd Phase of the Olimpiadas de Matemáticas de Puerto Rico (OMPR)

Special thanks to TASIS Dorado Math teacher and coach Mr. José "Cheo" Santos for providing Enrique with the support and challenge that he needed to achieve such an incredible accomplishment.

Congratulations, Enrique! Best of luck to team Puerto Rico in the United Kingdom!

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TASIS Dorado At a Glance

  • 70 Classrooms on our campus
  • 25 Advanced Placement courses available
  • 15 Miles from San Juan
  • 9:1 Small student teacher ratio
  • 20 The amount of acres comprising our picturesque campus
  • 100% College Acceptance
  • 16 Nationalities
  • 54 Athletic Teams
  • 60% student-athletes
  • 5 Global Service Learning Program countries

2016 • 2019 University Acceptances

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