Several local high school students have qualified as semifinalists for the 2013 National Merit Scholarship program.
Approximately 1.5 million students from more than 22,000 high schools in the country entered the program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) during their junior year. Of those, 16,000 students were selected as semifinalists.
The local students are:
Nathaniel P. Simone, Concord High School, Elkhart
Gregory S. Pendell, Jimtown High School, Elkhart
Lauren K. Detweiler, Goshen High School, Goshen
Jamin B. Hershberger, Northridge High School, Middlebury
Lindsay R. Kyle, Northridge High School, Middlebury
Abigail E. Odebrecht, Northridge High School, Middlebury
Jessica K. Thompson, Edwardsburg High School, Edwardsburg, Mich.
Semifinalists are required to submit a detailed scholarship application in order to qualify as finalists. Besides a high score on the PSAT, other requirements to become a finalist include having an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay and earn a qualifying SAT score. About 15,000 of the semifinalists will go on to be finalists. They will be notified in February.
National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from the group of finalists and announced beginning in April 2013 and concluding in July.