Written by Nicole Mooradian
Ten San Marino High School seniors have been named 2013 National Merit Semifinalists, according to a release this week from the nonprofit National Merit Scholarship Corporation.The students are among about 16,000 semifinalists nationally in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
The students will compete for about 8,300 scholarships worth more than a total $32 million. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to make it to the finals; just more than half of the finalists will win a scholarship.
The students will be judged by their scores on standardized tests, their grades, an essay and extracurricular activities.
Semifinalists were determined by their scores on the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which they took as 11th graders. Only those who scored in the top 1 percent of their state were named semifinalists.
About 1.5 million high school juniors took the PSAT/NMSQT last year.
Here are San Marino High School's semifinalists:
- Arthur F. Diep-Nguyen
- Natasha Garamani
- Jason C. Hu
- Christopher Hung
- Erica Hwang
- Kyle D. Ko
- Kristie Liu
- Michelle Y. Shi
- Derek Wang
- Tingwei Wang
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