MIHS has 13 National Merit semi-finalists

By Katherine Sather

Thirteen Mercer Island High School students are semi-finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Corp. annual scholarship competition.

The high school seniors earned top scores on the 2004 PSAT (Preliminary SAT) last year. If they are later named finalists, they are eligible to compete for a piece of $33 million in scholarships offered next spring. Finalists are selected based on academic records, recommendations from their principal, and high scores on their SATs. They must submit scholarship applications with biographical essays and descriptions of community service work.

As finalists, students are eligible for scholarships not only from the National Merit Scholarship Corp., but other colleges and corporate sponsors. Winners will be announced in the spring. MIHS semifinalists include: Alexis Cheng, Elizabeth Dain-Owens, Lily Fang, Rachael Hamblin, Theodore Homchick, Andrew Ishizuka, Ian Kaminski, Ben Picozzi, Hannah Smith, David Stein, Nina Tan, Alexander Ulie, and Casey York.

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