WALNUT GROVE — National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently announced the names of more than 16,000 semifinalists in the 69th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,140 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $28 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a scholarship, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level. About 95 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and approximately half will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.
One of the semifinalists this year is Seton Catholic senior Park Zaeman, who will go on to compete in the final round. Zaeman is the third National Merit Finalist in the school’s history and will now compete with other students across the county.