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Staples Students Named Finalists In National Merit Scholarship Program

Nicole Arellano, Jessica Xu, Marshall Heiser, and Leya Luo
Nicole Arellano, Jessica Xu, Marshall Heiser, and Leya Luo Photo Credit: Westport Public Schools

WESTPORT, Conn. -- Four seniors at Staples High School in Westport have qualified as semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship program.

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

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

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.”

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