Semifinalists named in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has announced the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million, which will be awarded in the spring.
Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level. 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.
Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered. Each finalist will compete for one of 2,500 scholarships worth $2,500 that will be awarded on a state representational basis. Corporate-sponsored awards will be provided by corporations and business organizations for finalists who meet their specified criteria. Colleges and universities finance college-sponsored awards for finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.
Below is a list of local semifinalists:
Charleston Catholic High School: Emily A. Gould, Samantha G. Harris, Jad Malas, Danielle A. Sadd, Eoin M. Tinney.
Homeschool: Rebekah R. Martin (Charleston), Christian Smith (South Charleston), Anna M. Sodaro (Scott Depot).
George Washington High School: Michael M. Baek, Shannon O. Kelsh, Jacob A. Nason, Amanda G. Nelson, Ahmed M. Shammaa, Andrew N. Sivaprakasam, Laura E. Wright.
Herbert Hoover High School: Sarah C. Seabolt.
Hurricane High School: Vivian Yao, Sylvia T. Zhang.
Oak Hill High School: Michael T. McGraw.