Six area students named Merit Scholar semifinalists
Six students from Rock and Walworth counties have been named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition.
-- Elizabeth E. Cooper, Janesville Craig High School, who indicated a tentative college major of biochemistry.
-- Anthony C. Cudzinovic, Milton High School, who indicated a tentative college major of computer science.
-- Casey N. Grittner, Edgerton High School, who was undecided about a college major.
-- Connor J. McMahon, Janesville Craig High School, who indicated a tentative college major of applied mathematics.
-- Hayley J. Severson, Delavan-Darien High School, who indicated a tentative college major of pre-medicine.
-- Troy E. Thornton, Janesville Craig High School, who indicated a tentative college major of space engineering.
These students are among 16,000 semifinalists nationwide who will compete for some 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million offered next spring.
About 1.5 million high school juniors entered the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants.
To become a finalist, each semifinalist must submit a detailed application with information about academic record, school and community activities, leadership abilities, and honors and awards received. Semifinalists must be recommended by a high school official, write an essay and earn SAT scores that confirm the student's earlier test performance.
The not-for-profit National Merit Scholarship Corp. and about 440 business organizations and higher education institutions pay for the scholarships.
The National Merit Scholarship Program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
The program does not measure the quality or effectiveness of a school, system or state. For more information, go to online to nationalmerit.org.