Westerville News & Public Opinion

Two are Merit Achievement semifinalists

Two Westerville South High School students have earned recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Corp.'s National Achievement program.

Mubarik Mohamed and Sharif Stone have been named semifinalists in the competition, which recognizes the achievements of black American high school students.

Mohamed and Stone were two of 1,600 students recognized in the semifinal round of the competition. More than 160,000 students were considered for the program when they took the PSAT/NMSQT last year.

From the semifinalists, the National Merit Scholarship Corp. will choose 1,300 finalists in January, based on student applications that outline students' academic records, participation in school and community activities, leadership abilities and educational goals.

Finalists will be eligible to earn one of 700 National Achievement scholarships worth $2,500 each and 100 corporate-sponsored scholarships.

Scholarship winners will be announced in April.