Four seniors from Bexley High School have earned semifinalist status in this year's National Merit Scholarship Program.

Four seniors from Bexley High School have earned semifinalist status in this year's National Merit Scholarship Program.

Meghan Hayden, Elizabeth Heym, Simon Horn and Jared James are all members of the class of 2014 at Bexley High School.

Nearly 1.5 million students from across the country entered the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and meeting program entry/participation requirements, according to the National Merit Program.

The top scorers learn in early September that they qualify as semifinalists.

Hayden, the daughter of Kathy and Tom Hayden, has competed in cross-country, swimming and track and field for Bexley. She was the junior female scholar athlete award winner for the Mid-State League-Ohio Division in 2013 and is considering running in college. Recognized as a junior for scoring a perfect 36 on the ACT, she is the vice president of Bexley High School's Key Club, a community service organization.

Heym is the daughter of Kimberly and Wayne Heym. She performs with the Bexley High School Women's Chorale and serves as an in-depth editor of the student newspaper, The Torch. As a junior, she was awarded the national Scholastic Art & Writing Award Gold Medal. She is interested in possibly studying engineering after high school and serves as president of both Engineering Club and Junior Statesmen of America. This summer, Heym, a leader in Bexley's Venturing Crew 166, was among the first young women to attend the Boy Scouts' annual Jamboree, an event that became co-ed this year.

Horn, the son of Victoria Powers and David Horn, is a member of the Bexley High School Vocal Ensemble and Sinfonia. Last year, he was chosen to perform with the National Senior High School Honor Choir at the national conference of the American Choral Directors Association in Dallas. A member of the cross-country team, Horn also achieved a score of 36 on his ACT and a 2,400 on the SAT.

James is the son of Megan and Gregory James. He has been a member of Bexley's soccer team for all four years of high school and performs with the BHS Vocal Ensemble and Band. In college, he expects to study either environmental science or physical therapy.

Semifinalists advance to finalist standing and National Merit Scholarship consideration by meeting high academic standards and other requirements. Bexley's semifinalists will learn in spring 2014 whether they have been chosen to receive one of the three types of National Merit Scholarship awards.

Commended students are recognized for their "exceptional academic promise," although they do not continue in the competition for the National Merit Scholarship awards. Bexley's commended students are Emma Crane, Samuel Gould, Caroline Shapiro and Nathan Meizlish.