25 High Schoolers Qualify As Merit Semifinalists

Scholarships To Be Awarded In Spring

September 29, 1991

Twenty-five Howard County high school students are among the more than 15,000 National Merit semifinalists for 1992.

Among county highschools, Centennial High School led the way with eight semifinalists, followed by Atholton and Wilde Lake with five apiece. Oakland Millsand Hammond each had four students, and Glenelg and Hammond each hadone.

The semifinalists, who represent approximately one-half of 1 percent of each state's graduating class, have the opportunity to advanceto the next level in the competition for 6,100 merit scholarships, worth close to $26 million. The scholarships will be awarded next spring.

Students in over 19,000 U.S. high schools entered the 1992 Merit Program as juniors by taking the 1990 Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test, which served as an initial screen of more than 1 million entrants.

To qualify as a finalist, a semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record and the endorsement and recommendation of theschool principal. Entrants also must submit SAT scores to confirm PSAT performance, and complete a detailed scholarship application, which includes a self-description and information about scholastic attainments, school and community activities, and educational plans and goals.

Howard County 1992 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists:

Atholton High School: Craig K. Chang, Supriya Goyal, Jennifer L. Kilgore, Jean Kim, John F. Walter

Centennial High School: Daniel E. Alexander, Jane C. Chen, Peter T. DeVore, Burke A. Drane, Daniel S. Hsu, Ellen M. Lonnquist, Ming Chen Shih, Jennifer Sun

Glenelg High School: Gerard J. Hogan

Hammond High School: David S. Salkeid

Howard High School: Eric B. Wheeler

Oakland Mills High School: JohnM. MacDonald, Joe D. Salinas, Sinha Biswajit, Kim E. Williams

Wilde Lake High School: Joseph A. Bank, Daniel M. Berland, Philip D. Olinger, Elaine J. Thomas, David C. Vanecho

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