Eight high school seniors from the Wauwatosa School District have been named semifinalists for the 2017 National Merit Scholarship.
The students are among 16,000 semifinalists nationally, representing less than the top one percent of U.S. high school seniors who tested into the program, according to a news release from the school district.
Local semifinalists are Michaela Lonski, Ellen Robison and Charlotte Utschig from Wauwatosa East High School and Adam Fendos, Max Herteen, Simon Ng, Richard Sear and Noah Suchy from Wauwatosa West High School.
The students will each compete for one of 7,500 National Merit Scholarships, to be awarded next spring. The scholarships total more than $33 million in all.
To advance to the finalist level of the competition, the semifinalists, who were entered into the competition by taking the 2015 preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, must submit an application detailing their academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment and honors received. Additionally, the semifinalists must also write an essay and be recommended by a high school official.