Four New Albany High School students attained the designation of National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. Six were named commended students.

Four New Albany High School students attained the designation of National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. Six were named commended students.

The four students selected by the National Merit Scholarship competition as semifinalists are Trent Kim, Kevin Jiang, Katie Taylor and Keith Grubb. They'll have an opportunity to win a scholarship of $25,000.

The six other students who were honored as commended students are John Buell, Laura Chamberlain, Meredith Frees, Peter Kobelt, Amanda da Silva and Alex Vichinsky.

College Council Jeff Stahlman said another New Albany student was named a commended student but moved.

Students take the PSAT during their junior year of high school and learn their scores right before their senior year.

The exam has a maximum score of 240. Students who score between 200 and 213 are named Commended Scholars. Students who score higher than 213 become semifinalists.

Semifinalists could become finalists if they have an outstanding academic record, are endorsed and recommended by a high school principal and earn SAT scores that confirm their performance on the PSAT. Finalists then compete for certain scholarship prizes.

According to the National Merit Scholarship Corp.'s Web site, fewer than 1 percent of students who take the test are named semifinalists. Merit Scholar winners will receive a scholarship and will be notified beginning in the spring.

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