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Scholarship semifinalists announced

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By Special to the Monitor

New Mexico Education Secretary Designate Dr. Susanna Murphy announced on Oct. 1 that 101 public, private school and home-school students in New Mexico have been named semifinalists in the 56th annual National Merit Scholarship program.
More than 1.5 million juniors in over 22,000 high schools entered the 2011 National Merit Program by taking the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
The pool of semifinalists includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.
In New Mexico, Los Alamos High School, with
13 students, and Albuquerque’s La Cueva High, with 11 students, lead the list of public high schools this year.
A total of 58 public school students, 42 private school students and one home-school student were named semifinalists.
The academically talented high school seniors will continue in the competition for about 8,400 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than
$36 million that will be offered next spring.
About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and approximately half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.
The following Los Alamos High School students are now in the running:

• Berg, Eli J.
• Burns, Shannon M.
• Chertkov, Eli
• Edelmann, Erik P.
• Li, David S.
• Liu, Thomas Y.
• Loncaric, Martin W.
• Rabin, Ellen C.
• Reagor, Mika L.
• Schauer, Matthew R.
• Song, Peter S.
• Tencate, Emily E.
• Wu, Allen