Seven North Cobb area students were recently named 2013 National Merit semifinalists.
The designation, which is based on performance on the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, allows the students to compete for about 8,300 scholarships worth more than $32 million.
One of the finalists, Luke E. Haynes, is homeschooled, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation said in a news release.
Jordan N. Bell, Jackson D. Hopper and Cullen L. Mowery of Harrison High, Anna L. Hankal and Audrey Milam of Kennesaw Mountain High, and Nicholas W. Arehart of North Cobb High round out the list of seven.
About 1.5 million juniors in 22,000 high schools took the 2011 PSAT. About 16,000 were named National Merit semifinalists.
To earn finalist status, students must have a superior academic record, a recommendation from their principal and an SAT score that's equivalent to or higher than their PSAT score. They must also submit an application along with an essay.
About 15,000 semifinalists will become finalists in February. Scholarships winners will be announced in the spring.
For more information on the National Merit Scholarship Program, open the PDF on this page.
Editor's note: The National Merit Scholarship Program does not separate students by city of residence. Instead, it lists students according to the city where their school is located. If your child lives in Acworth or Kennesaw, but attends school in an area outside of North Cobb, please add their name and school in the comments section below.