By Nicole Mooradian
Three area high school seniors have been named 2013 National Merit Semifinalists, the nonprofit National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced Wednesday in a news release.The students are among about 16,000 semifinalists nationally in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
Here are the area semifinalists:
Venice High School
- Alison Hu
- Eileen Y. Hsu
- Aaron D. Resnick
The three 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; a little 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.
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation was established in 1955 to conduct the National Merit Scholarship Program, according to a news release from the nonprofit organization. The scholarships are provided by the organization and about 440 businesses and educational institutions.
—City News Service contributed to this report.