Two students from Malibu High School were named
National Merit Semifinalists this week.
Erik Rosenberg and Tyler Savitsky were named on Monday as semifinalists in the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
About 16,000 finalists nationwide made the cut this year.
The annual program recognizes students who excel in academics.
Those chosen will have an opportunity to compete for one of 8,000 National Merit Scholarships.
They are worth a total of $35 million and will be offered next spring. About 90 percent of semifinalists are expected to achieve standing as a finalist. More than half of them are expected to win the scholarship and the title of National Merit Scholar.
In order to become a finalist, each student had to fill out a
scholarship application, be in excellent academic standing, be recommended by a
high school official, write an essay and earn high scores on the 2012 Preliminary
SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test which they took as high school juniors.
Those who scored in the top one percent were named as semifinalists.
Each finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit
Scholarships worth $2,500 that will be awarded on a state basis next year.