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Staples Scholars: 4 Students Honored As National Merit Semifinalists

The Staples High School semifinalists are Nicole Arellano, Marshall Heiser, Leya Luo, and Jessica Xu.
The Staples High School semifinalists are Nicole Arellano, Marshall Heiser, Leya Luo, and Jessica Xu. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. — Staples High School announced that four members of the Class of 2018 have qualified as National Merit Scholarship Corporation semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

The Staples semifinalists are Nicole Arellano, Marshall Heiser, Leya Luo, and Jessica Xu.

Nationwide, 16,000 semifinalists -- fewer than 1 percent of the over 1.6 million students who took the 2016 PSAT/NMSQT qualifying exam -- will compete for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million.

Staples High School Principal James D’Amico praised the achievements of these students.

“It is an extraordinary honor for these students to be recognized for their academic abilities, and an honor for our school because each of these students demonstrate talents and passions beyond academics every day, making them wonderful representatives of the Westport Public Schools,” D’Amico said.

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