Pickerington High School North seniors Brian Good and Kathryn Gardocki have been named semi-finalists in the 55th annual National Merit Scholarship program.

Pickerington High School North seniors Brian Good and Kathryn Gardocki have been named semi-finalists in the 55th annual National Merit Scholarship program.

They are among students hoping to receive 8,200 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $36-million that will be granted to high school seniors throughout the U.S. next spring.

To become a National Merit semi-finalist, students must have outstanding academic records throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by their high school principals and earn SAT scores that confirm the their earlier performances on the qualifying test, according to the NMSC's Web site.

Gardocki, daughter of Paul and Alice Gardocki, to date carries a 4.32 grade-point average. She's also a member of the North marching and pep bands, National Honor Society and is a statistician for the North boys volleyball team.

She plans to pursue an education degree and hopes to become a high school guidance counselor.

Good, son of Carolyn and Steve Good, has earned a 4.35 grade-point average. He plays varsity tennis at North and is a member of the In the Know Team, German Club, marching and symphonic bands, as well as National Honor Society.

He plans to study science and music in college.

About 90 percent of the semi-finalists are expected to attain National Merit finalist standing, according to Lee Cole, communications director for the Pickerington Local School District. She said approximately half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the title of Merit Scholar.