This year's list of semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program includes 14 seniors from Upper Arlington High School.

This year's list of semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program includes 14 seniors from Upper Arlington High School.

More than 16,000 American high school students were chosen as semifinalists and will have the chance to continue in the competition, which gives about 8,300 scholarships worth a total of about $34 million. About 90 percent of semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and more than half of them will win an achievement scholarship, according to the NMSP.

This year's UAHS semifinalists are Polina Brodsky, Maresa Carnevale, Katherine Eastwood, Noah Grumman, Chanhee Ha, Yeonwoo Jang, Manting Lao, Erik McCleary II, Ben Ozcomert, Arman Ramnath, Grant Shisler, Matthew Shisler, Thomas Shkurti and Kevin Yuh.

Semifinalists from The Wellington School include Sarah Case, Austin Holland, Harry Shamansky and Alan Swastz.

Brodsky is the daughter of Sergey and Inna Brodsky. During her time at UAHS, she has participated in speech and debate, the Alliance of Students Against Poverty and worked as an intern at The Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research. She hopes to attend either OSU, MIT or Carnegie Mellon University, and she intends to study mechanical engineering or computer science.

Carnevale, the daughter of Mary and David Carnevale, has participated in Debate Club and In The Know while at UAHS. She is applying to several colleges, including OSU, and plans to study either economics or international relations.

Eastwood is the daughter of Steve and Betsey Eastwood. At UAHS, she has participated in field hockey, lacrosse, National Honor Society, the Cum Laude Society, and Peer Collaboration. Eastwood hopes to attend Duke, Georgetown or OSU, and intends to study international business.

Grumman is the son of Roy and Suzanne Grumman. As a UAHS student, he has been the captain of the varsity soccer team, participated in club soccer, In The Know and Link Crew. He hopes to attend either Williams or Cornell University, and would like to major in a math or science related field, possibly economics.

Jang is the son of Julie Shin and Byungtae Jang. At UAHS, he has participated in Poetry Out Loud, French Club, Literary Arts Magazine, mock trial, model UN, and quiz bowl. Jang hopes to attend Northwestern University, Brown University or Amherst College, and to study linguistics and economics.

Lao, daughter of Ping Yan and Hongmou Lao, is an International Science and Engineering Fair finalist, co-president of Math Club, participated in mock trial, vice president of Chinese Club, and participates in theater, piano and orchestra. She is also a member of the UA fencing club, qualifying for the Fencing Junior Olympics all four years of school.

Lao has applied to several universities, including Yale, Princeton and MIT, where she hopes to study electrical engineering.

McCleary, the son of Erik and Tonya McCleary, volunteers at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, founded the UAHS chapter of the Do Something service club, has played violin with the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra, UAHS orchestras and Jacksonville Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra. He plans to study pre-law and psychology, as well as biochemistry.

Ozcomert is the son of Rebecca Scott Ozcomert. In school he has participated in the Upper Arlington Community School and the Upper Arlington Community of Theatre. Ozcomert plans to attend Ohio State University, where he intends to study electrical engineering.

Ramnath, the son of Priya and Rajiv Ramnath, plays varsity soccer for UAHS and is in the symphony orchestra. He also volunteers with Link Crew, a school organization that mentors incoming freshmen during the school year. Ramnath hopes to attend Georgetown, Northwestern or OSU, with plans to study economics or political science.

Grant Shisler is the son of Pam and Eric Shisler and plays high school lacrosse, volunteers at First Community Church, and is a member of the UAHS Spirit Club. He also works as a lifeguard, and operates a driveway sealing business with his brother and a friend.

Grant Shisler hopes to attend Duke, Harvard, Vanderbilt, Northwestern, the University of North Carolina or OSU. He intends to study some form of biological science or biomedical engineering, as part of a pre-med studies program.

Matt Shisler is the son of Pam and Eric Shisler. He participates in Spirit Club, Link Crew, lacrosse, and co-owns a driveway sealing business with his brother. Matt is applying to Harvard, Princeton, Brown, the University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt, the University of Chicago and OSU, where he intends to study finance or business.

Shkurti is the son of Renee Houser and William Shkurti. While at UAHS he has participated in the robotics club, mock trial and the model UN. Shkurti plans to attend MIT to study computer science with an emphasis on robotics.

Yuh is the son of Nina Mayr and William Yuh. While at UAHS he has participated in Math Club, the orchestra, In The Know, science research, and plays piano outside the school. Yuh is still deciding on where to attend college, but would like to study something in the engineering field, or possibly go into medicine.

Information on other UAHS semifinalists was not received before ThisWeek's deadline.

To become a finalist, a semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the high school principal and earn SAT scores that confirm the student's earlier performance on the qualifying test. The student and a high school official must submit a detailed application, including a student essay and information on school and community activities.

The 2012 National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced in a round of news releases beginning in April and concluding in July.