The Columbus School for Girls has recognized two seniors who were recently named as National Merit Scholarship semifinalists.
Emily Gammons of Columbus and Jenny Henderson of Gahanna were named semifinalists in the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
More than 1.5 million juniors entered the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test.
As semifinalists, Gammons and Henderson join about 16,000 U.S. high school seniors, representing the top scoring students in each state.
Gammons and Henderson are eligible to compete for roughly 8,300 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $32 million.
About 90 percent of semifinalists will fulfill the requirements to reach finalist status, and roughly half of the finalists will be eligible for a National Merit Scholarship, with winners to be announced in the spring between April and July.
To become a finalist, the semifinalist and his or her high school must submit a detailed scholarship application in which they provide information about the semifinalist's academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, and honors and awards received.
A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and post SAT scores that confirm the student's earlier performance on the qualifying test.
From the approximately 16,000 semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation.
All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of finalists. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
CSG also had five seniors named as Commended Students in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. They are: Sydney Donofrio, Jessica Greer, Madeline Hadley, Jasneet Singh and Nora Tien.