Four area students have been named semifinalists in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
Weston seniors Owen Tanzer, Carolyn Zech, and Kayla Zhang have earned the semifinalist qualification.
Andrew Z. Yu, of Joel Barlow High School in Redding, has been named a semifinalist.
The academically successful high school seniors who qualified as semifinalists have an opportunity to continue in the competition for approximately 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $31 million that will be offered next spring.
In order to qualify as a semifinalist, each student must be among the highest-scoring entrants of the preliminary SAT exams in their state. Less than 1% of students nationwide meet this criteria.
To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements, including a submission of detailed academic records, proof of demonstrated leadership abilities and endorsement from high school officials, to advance to the finalist level of the competition.
About 90% 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.