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National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Twenty South High School seniors have been named semifinalists in the prestigious 2014 National Merit Scholarship Competition.


Semifinalists are: Alexandra Chen, Elizabeth Chi, May Hlaing, Da Young (Clara) Hong, David Hong, Joseph Kim, Kevin Kim, Kyutae (John) Kim, Allison Kornrich, Kara Kupferberg, Cristina Lai, Christine Lee, Lora Pavlovich, Alexander Putter, Seung Yeon (Christine) Song, Radhika Viswanathan, Avir Waxman, Caroline Weinberg, Angell Xiang, and Chae Rin Yoon.


The semifinalists scored among the highest in New York State on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which they took last year. 


The National Merit Scholarship Program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. These semifinalists, who represent less than one percent of seniors in the state, will be identified to colleges and universities in order to increase their educational opportunities. 


Most semifinalists will go on to achieve finalist status in early 2014. Merit Scholarship winners will be chosen from among the will be chosen from among the finalists to receive one of three types of Merit Scholarship awards.