Six New Albany High School students have been named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists in the 2010 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Six New Albany High School students have been named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists in the 2010 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Jenna Young, Alice Chen, Joe Calland, Sara Mykrantz, Josephine Volovetz and Nate Park are among the 16,000 students chosen as semifinalists.

The students represent the top 1 percent of the 1.5-million juniors from 22,000 national high schools to take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in 2008.

Superintendent Steve Castle said this is the largest number of students in the district's history to receive the honor.

"We are so proud of these students and the tremendous accomplishment they have attained," Castle said in a release. "These six students have demonstrated a tremendous commitment to their education, and they are shining examples of what can be attained through hard work and a consistent focus on academic excellence."

The semifinalists compete to be a National Merit Scholar and receive a $2,500 scholarship.

They must complete an application, take the SAT and receive an endorsement from New Albany High School to move to the finalist round of the competition.

Each student will be notified in February if he or she is selected as a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

About 15,000 students will move to the next round.