Six Westerville high school students have earned accolades from the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

Six Westerville high school students have earned accolades from the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

Westerville Central High School students Sean Bloor and Courtney Jones, and Westerville South High School students Megan Carpenter, Jacklyn Farrow, Johanna Helba and Stephen Moon have been named semifinalists in the corporation's annual scholarship program.

The National Merit Scholarship Corp. recognizes 16,000 students as semifinalists each fall. The students are chosen based on the scores they earn on the PSAT/NMSQT. Each year, 1.5-million students enter the scholarship contest by taking the exam.

The program offers 8,400 scholarships, worth more than $36-million.

Megan Carpenter, daughter of Bill and Donna Carpenter, plays oboe in the concert band and tenor saxophone in the marching band at Westerville South High School. She's also a member of the school's International Baccalaureate program.

Carpenter attended the Summer Institute for the Gifted every summer from 2003 through 2009 and has made honor roll every quarter since she was in sixth grade.

She plans to major in chemical engineering but has not yet decided on a college.

Jacklyn Farrow, daughter of Don and Diane Farrow, is an AP scholar and a member of the National Honor Society. She participates in Key Club and In the Know and has been a member of South's cross-country team for four years.

She is undecided about where she will attend college and what she will major in.

Johanna Helba, daughter of Stephen and Mary Kay Helba, is vice president of South's Key Club, captain of the girls cross-country team and a member of the track team.

She is involved with the International Baccalaureate program and hopes to attend the University of Rochester but is undecided on her major.

Stephen Moon, son of Matthew and Theresa Moon, is drum major for Westerville South's marching band, which recently qualified for state competition. He plays alto saxophone in the wind symphony and tenor saxophone in the jazz band.

Moon also is active in South's theater program and the International Baccalaureate program.

Moon said he's still undecided on a college and a major, but his top choice right now is majoring in aerospace engineering at Ohio State University.

Sean Bloor, son of Brian and Lori Bloor, is treasurer of Westerville Central's Key Club and a member of the National Honor Society. Throughout high school, he has participated in band, Relay For Life and basketball. He was a junior mentor.

Courtney Jones, daughter of Hugh and Patricia Jones, is treasurer of the National Honor Society and co-captain of the varsity girls soccer team. She also works as a volunteer at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank and is a middle-school mentor.

Jones attended Buckeye Girls State this summer. She hopes to major in architecture or design.