The National Merit Scholarship Corp. is honoring 18 Hudson High School students as semifinalists or commended students.
The semifinalists are Connie Chen, Natalie Dalea, Claudia Hinkle, Heather Neifert and Timothy Zhao. The commended students are Peyton Brown, David Chojnacki, Ethan Cravener, Jason Eulberg, Audrey Fetsko, Katherine Fleischer, Kabir Grewal, Erin Hoover, Peter Mackay, Evan Schlenk, Dana Schraitle, Bridget Sciscento, and Carolyn Turkaly.
According to information from the National Merit Scholarship Corp., semifinalists are designated on a state representational basis. The number of semifinalists named in each state is proportional to the state's percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. There are approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship program. These students are eligible to compete to become finalists. These students represent the top 1 percent of all students in the nation taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying test as a junior in high school.
Additionally, about 34,000 other participants in the Merit Program are designated commended students each year. These students' scores are typically above the 96th percentile of all college bound juniors who take the test.
Each year the National Merit Scholarship Corp. conducts a scholarship program intended to encourage academic excellence. There are three sections on the test: Verbal, Math and Writing. National Merit recognizes the highest 50,000 scores out of approximately 1.5 million test takers across the nation, according to a program spokesperson.