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22 ASD students named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists

Twenty-two ASD high school seniors are semifinalists in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship program. These students, along with 17 other students statewide, will continue in the nationwide competition for 8,300 awards worth more than $34 million.

The ASD students are:

Kylie Moore, Lauren Summers and Jonathan Walther of Dimond High School;

Min Kim of East High School;

Nicole Emanuel of Polaris K-12;

Rowan Bulkow of Service High School;

Bexley Brown, Joshua Crapps, Andrea Isby and Yuta Takagi of South High School;

Itzhak Lax, Anna Miller and Kaylin Saur of Steller Secondary School; and

Jack Conger, Katharine Grosch, Carson Kent, Laura Klinkner, Rowan Kraft, Anny Ning, Colt Richter, Marissa Torgerson and Douglas Watts of West High School.

More than 1.5 million juniors from about 22,000 high schools nationwide entered the 2012 program by taking the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The semifinalists, who represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, include the highest scoring entrants from each state.

To become a finalist, a semifinalist must have an exemplary academic record, receive an endorsement by the school principal, and score well on the SAT. Each semifinalist must submit a detailed scholarship application, which includes a self-descriptive essay and information about the student's participation and leadership in school and community activities.

Winners will be announced next spring. For more information on the National Merit Scholarship Program, log on to www.nationalmerit.org.

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