Sarah McFarland of Gahanna is one of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the National Merit scholarship program.

Sarah McFarland of Gahanna is one of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the National Merit scholarship program.

McFarland is a senior at Bishop Hartley High School. She will compete for some 8,200 scholarships that will be offered in the spring.

Semifinalists are selected based on their performance on the PSAT. They represent less than 1 percent of high school seniors.

Hartley seniors Natalie Gabrenya, Bexley; Jeremy Newlin, Columbus; and Timothy Schmitz, Bexley; were named commended scholars.