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Students named semifinalists for National Merit scholarships

Thirty-two high school seniors in the Almanac circulation area have been named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Fifteen of the seniors are at Menlo School, seven at Menlo-Atherton, six at Sacred Heart Preparatory, two at Woodside High School, and two at Woodside Priory.

The semifinalists are:

Menlo School: Hidehiro Anto, Kai M. Banks, Niles N. Christensen, Jack D. Ferguson, Kelsey E. Flower, Ryan Hammarskjold, Pooja Kathail, Darren S. Mei, Kate J. Park, Samuel Redmond, Abigail F. Schmitt, Sienna T. Stritter, Christina H. Wadsworth, Katherine L. Weingart and Maxim B. Zats.

Menlo-Atherton: Paul A. DeTrempe, Robert F. Gordan, Angela Y. Lai, Scott W. Morris, Zoe G. Pacalin, Daniel J. Propp and Valerie A. Taylor.

Sacred Heart Preparatory: Juan R. Grau, John C. Kremer, Katherine Lim, Julia Mok, Selby C. Sturzenegger and MacKenzie A. Walter.

Woodside High:William J. Chargin and Alexander T. Yuen.

Woodside Priory:Melanie K. Biles and Sarah N. Reid.

On Sept. 11, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in this 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

The semifinalists can continue in the competition for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 million that will be offered next spring, the corporation said in a news release.

To be considered for a scholarship, the semifinalists must meet 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.

Scholarships are underwritten by the corporation with its own funds and by approximately 440 business organizations and higher education institutions that share its goals of honoring the nation's students with exceptional academic ability.

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