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11 Seniors Vie for Merit Scholarships

Eleven seniors at Staples High School have been named semifinalists in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program . The students are Scott Feder, Jordan Glick, Tessa Green, Justin Kleiner, Yuri Lenskiy, Todd Lubin, Juliana Lunde, Peter Menz, Rachel Myers, Adele Shenoy and Timothy Yang.

Each of these seniors is vying for one of the 8,400 National Merit Scholarship awards available, Jennifer Robon, assistant to the superintendent, said in a statement. These awards are worth more than $36 million combined.

These students are part of the nationwide semifinalist pool, which represents less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors and includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

To place as semifinalists, these students had to take the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test as juniors. A total of 1.5 million juniors, from 22,000 high schools nationwide, took this test.

The final scholarship winners will be chosen from a group of more than 15,000 finalists. Merit Scholars are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

Scholarship winners may be notified as early as April.

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