Eleven seniors from Northwest and Poolesville High schools have made the semifinal round of consideration for 2014 National Merit Scholarships.
About 1.5 million juniors around the country tested last school year to qualify for the scholarships, from whom about 16,000 semifinalists were chosen.
The Northwest High semifinalists are Mariya S. Shevchuk and David A. Snyder, joining Christina R. King, Edward D. Liang, Justine S. Park, Dhruv S. Shankar, Ninay K. Sriram, Courtney M. Steininger, Eric L. Stevens, Haley S. Talbot-Wendlandt and Michael C. Yeh of Poolesville High.
Semifinalists must maintain an outstanding academic record throughout high school, receive an endorsement and recommendation from a high school official, write an essay and achieve SAT scores that confirm their performance on the qualifying test, according to a release from the National Merit Scholarship Corp.
Finalists will be notified in February.