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Three Andover students named National Merit Semifinalists

Posted Date: 09/09/2015

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Three Andover students were named Semifinalists Wednesday in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Renton Williams and Grant Karber of Andover Central High School and Hanna Watson of Andover High School became National Merit Semifinalists by taking the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) during their junior year and scoring in the top 0.5 percent in the state.

About 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. Approximately 16,000 of these students were named Semifinalists and about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring. Finalists will compete next spring for 2,500 National Merit Scholarships of $2,500. Scholarship winners will be announced beginning in April and concluding in July.

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