The National Merit Scholarship Corp. recently announced three Pickerington high school seniors remain in the running for its annual scholarship competition.

Pickerington High School Central seniors Amber Hamelin and Megan St. Hilaire, and Pickerington High School North senior Henry Huland have been named semifinalists for National Merit Scholarships.

The National Merit Scholarship Program made its semifinalists announcement Sept. 13.

According to the National Merit Scholarship Corp. about 16,000 students -- approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers who apply for a scholarship -- were selected as semifinalists.

They represent the highest scoring entrants in each state based on academic performance and achievement on college entrance exams.

By spring, National Merit Scholarship Corp. will announce approximately 7,500 scholarship winners.

Hamelin, 17, is the daughter Frank and Susan Hamelin. She runs cross country and track at Central, is the school's National Honors Society president and vice president of its Science Olympiad team.

Hamelin also is a math tutor and currently is considering "many colleges," including Yale, Princeton and Ohio State universities.

She plans to focus her studies in biology or a related field.

Upon being named a National Merit semifinalist, Hamelin said she was "surprised, but very happy."

As for plans for her senior year, Hamelin said, "Become more involved with the community through NHS and have fun."

St. Hilaire, 17, is the daughter of Jean and Sheridan St. Hilaire. She participates in Central's orchestra, Science Olympiad and the National Honor Society.

She's also involved in Central's Former Futures Matter program, is a math and English tutor and is a research intern at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

St. Hilaire plans to major in computer science, and she currently is considering attending Columbia or Yale universities, as well as New York University's Shanghai or New York City campuses.

"I am overjoyed," St. Hilaire said of being named a National Merit semifinalist.

"This distinction will make me a more competitive college applicant and make college more affordable."

St. Hiliare said she hopes to maintain her "high academic performance" and enjoy herself in her final year of high school.

"I want to continue making memories this year," she said.

Huland, 17, is the son of Matt and Deb Huland. He's a member of the North golf team and is involved in "multiple clubs," including serving as president of the school's Team Physics.

After high school, Huland intends to study engineering or a related field, and he's currently considering Princeton, Ohio State and Case Western Reserve University.

Huland said he was "surprised and thankful" to be named a National Merit semifinalists.

As for hopes for his senior year, he said, "Have fun my last year in high school while still doing well in all of my classes."

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