10 Lawrence students named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists

Ten high school seniors from three Lawrence schools have been named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists.

The prestigious scholarship program named 16,000 semifinalists throughout the country for its 66th annual awards, according to a news release this week from the program. The semifinalists all have a chance next spring to earn some of the National Merit Scholarships, which are worth more than a total of $30 million, according to the release.

More than 1.5 million high school juniors applied for the scholarship program last year, with less than one percent being selected as semifinalists. Those students were chosen based on the scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

To become a finalist, the students must apply for the scholarship, showing they have an “outstanding” academic record and endorsement from high school officials, according to the news release. They must also write an essay. The finalists are expected to be named in February and the winners of scholarships are expected to be named between April and July.

The Lawrence semifinalists are:

Free State High School: Yoav Gillath, Julia Lin, Isabel Loney, Ayla Nguyen, Spencer Ware, and Dingding Ye.

Lawrence High School: Joseph Leuschen and Colin Marett.

Bishop Seabury Academy: Lyle Griggs and Peter Westbrook.

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