The students join about among 16,000 nationally who today were named semifinalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. They represent less than one percent of the nation’s high school seniors.
This is the program’s 59th annual competition, which recognizes each state’s top students.
With 16, Mason High School had the largest number of semifinalists in the two counties, followed closely by the Lakota Schools, with 15 – eight at Lakota East and seven at Lakota West.
“We are very fortunate at Mason High School to have students who demonstrate academic excellence as well as leadership within the classroom and in the community,’’ said Principal Mindy McCarty-Stewart. “We could not be more proud of their accomplishments.”
The semifinalists were among 1.5 million juniors from 22,000 high schools who entered the competition by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
About 90 percent of semifinalists will be named finalists in February. They would be eligible for one of 2,500 National Merit $2,500 scholarships.
Another 1,000 corporate-sponsored scholarships will be awarded to finalists by about 240 corporations and business organizations. About 200 colleges and universities will also finance awards to finalists attending their institution.