Auburn seniors named National Merit semifinalists

Two Rockford Auburn High School students have been named semifinalists in the 58th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

The semifinalists are Jessica Beard and John Brekelbaum III, two academically-talented students who will compete for more than $32 million in National Merit Scholarships this spring.

About 1.5 million juniors from more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Only 16,000 semifinalists were selected. That group represents less than 1 percent of U.S high school seniors and includes the highest scoring students from each state.

To become a National Merit finalist, students must have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by their high school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm their performance on the initial qualifying test. Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of finalists.

From the Sept. 12-18, 2012, issue

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