Six Seabury students are merit semifinalists

Six students from Seabury Hall were named semifinalists in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program.

They were among 16,000 semifinalists nationwide in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, the National Merit Scholarship Corp. announced Wednesday.

These high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 million that will be offered next spring.

The semifinalists are Celina Bekins, Michael A. Kalmeta, Carly O’Donnell, Fletcher L. Prouty, Ema B. Turner and Carter K. Umetsu.

About 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying, which served as an initial screening of program entrants.

The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents fewer than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors.

The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.