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Congratulations to our National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
Twelve Livingston High School seniors are among the semifinalists named in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
The LHS semifinalists are: Grace An, Michelle H. Bao, Lev M. Botea, Nitay Caspi, Helen H. Chen, Kevin M. Kwok, Daniel E. Laveman, Brian Lee, Matthew E. Levey, Crystal S. Song, Gregory H. Vuong, and Grant W. Wu.
They are among the 16,000 students named nationally. About 90 percent of the students are expected to advance to finalists; they then will be eligible for about 8,000 scholarships awarded nationally.
Livingston High School Principal Mark Stern recognized the students on September 13 with a special announcement. “This is the most semifinalists we’ve had in a few years,” he said. “Congratulating each of you is a fine end to the first week of school.”
Semifinalists are selected based on their performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in the fall of their junior year. About 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools took the exam. Those chosen as semifinalists represent less than 1 percent of high school seniors.
The scholarship competition is run by the National Merit Scholarship Corp., a not-for-profit organization established in 1955. Scholarships are underwritten by the corporation and by about 440 business and colleges.