Seven Carroll County Public Schools seniors have been named semifinalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program, according to a school system news release.

The National Merit program honors students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

Carroll County Public Schools seniors named semifinalists, include:

• Lisa Francomacaro, Liberty High School

• Ashleigh Kirker, Liberty High School

• Nicholas Lolli, Westminster High School

• John McAninely, South Carroll High School

• Connor Powers, Liberty High School

• Cameron Truitt, South Carroll High School

• Alexander Wikner, Liberty High School

About 1.5 million juniors entered the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants.

The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than one percent of high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.

To become a finalist, the semifinalist and high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, including information about the student;s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.

A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student's earlier performance of the qualifying test.

Finalists will be notified in February.