Nov 15, 2012 00:05 Senior gets national recognition Senior gets national recognition Hakeem Brooks Advocate staff report Nov. 15, 2012 Comments St. Amant High School senior Hakeem Brooks was one of the 1,600 black students named as a semifinalist in the 2013 National Achievement Scholarship Program, a release from the school said. The program was established in 1964 to honor scholastically talented black high school students. The program is conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation, a not-for-profit organization. Approximately 1.5 million students take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in the fall of their junior year, the release said. The 1,600 highest-scoring participants are designated semifinalists. Brooks was one of the 57 scholars qualifying for this honor in Louisiana. To be considered for National Achievement Scholarships, semifinalists must have a record of consistently high academic performance in ninth through 12th grades; earn SAT scores that confirm PSAT performance; and be endorsed by the high school principal, the release states. Brooks has a 4.5 grade-point average. He is a four-year member of the football and track and field teams, the Beta Club and Gator-to-Gator mentor group. He is enrolled in the Allied Health Academy and would like to pursue a career in the medical field. Brooks is the son of Sabrina and Michael Brooks.