JACKSON TWP — Six Seneca Valley High School seniors are semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced Katherine Bablak, Victoria Beck, Jacob Geil, Ryan Lipscomb, Scott McElhinny and Rishin Sharma as having the opportunity to continue in the competition for some of the 7,5000 scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered in the spring, according to a Thursday news release from the district.
Four other seniors, Tiffany Eaton, Bradley Hartman, Jarrett Johnston and Sneha Padamati, were named National Merit Scholarship Qualifiers and may be candidates for special scholarships provided by corporate and business sponsors later in the year.
About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 64th annual scholarship program by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which serves as an initial screen of program entrants.
The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state's percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.
From the semifinalists, about 15,000 students are expected to advance to the finalist level. In February, they will be notified of this designation.