The students are: James Broomfield, Melinda Davies, Allison Gregg, Maya Jonas, Elizabeth Karron, Caitlyn Luhman, Edward Pencak, Sarah Sapiro, Madeline Saviano, Molly Serebin, Hannah Thompson, John Veech, and Wentong Zhang.
These students were among about 1.5 million who completed the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test last year and performed well enough to be among the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists.
The finalists will be announced in February and the winners will be announced in April. Eight thousand National Merit Scholarships, worth about $35 million, will be awarded next spring.
About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and more than 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 440 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.