Students around the River Region named semifinalists for National Merit Scholarship – Alabama News

Students around the River Region named semifinalists for National Merit Scholarship – Alabama News

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Published 5:22 p.m. CT Sept. 13, 2017 | Updated 3:13 p.m. CT Sept. 14, 2017

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Several students from high schools in the River Region have been tapped as semifinalists for the coveted National Merit Scholarship. Here is a quick look at the semifinalists as they prepare for the next level of the competition. Check back for updates, as we will be adding more names and student stories to the list throughout the week. 

MPS students among honorees recognized

Ten Montgomery Public Schools students have also been named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Nine students from LAMP and one from Booker T. Washington High School are among the national honorees.

Semifinalists from Montgomery Public Schools:

Phillip A. Harden

Jimyeong Kim

Varun S. Kosgi

Jacob Mesina

Katherine G. Walcott

Gary L. Willford

Anna L. Williams

Martha L. Yin

Aaron Zheng

Rachel E. Thompson

The semifinalists are the highest scoring entrants on the PSAT/NMSQT test in each state.

To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, semifinalists must advance to Finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and all other requirements. In February, some 15,000 semifinalists are notified by mail at their home addresses that they have advanced to finalist standing.

Winners are then chosen based on academics, student activates and an essay. Winners receive a $2,500 scholarship.

For more information on the National Merit Scholarship Program visit www.nationalmerit.org

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