The Howard County Public School System has released the names of the 47 high school students who were named semifinalists for the 2013 National Merit Scholarship.

High school students are entered into competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Of the 1.5 million entrants, about a third of the 50,000 highest scorers are named semi-finalists.

The Howard County semi-finalists are:

Thomas Bagley, Alexander Kohanski, Albert Liu and Priya Thomas, of Atholton High School in Columbia.

Aneesh Agrawal, Jacqueline S. Chen, Qiyi He, Min Geol Joo, Yaniv Kazansky, Joshua H. Kim, Seung H. Lee, Clarissa L. Santori, Julia A. Thoreson, Vivian W. Wang, Juing D. Yeh and Melanie Zheng, of Centennial High School in Ellicott City.

Delaney M. Jordan and Theresa C. Rizk, of Glenelg High School in Glenelg.

Advait Chauhan, of Hammond High School in Columbia.

Manas Mishra, of Howard High School in Ellicott City.

Rhea Malik and Jeremy Tsao, of Long Reach High School in Columbia.

Ali Delen, Richard He, Mary Lin and Anna Rimlinger, of Marriotts Ridge High School in Marriottsville.

Daniel J. Lieman, Rayna X. Qian and Andrew G. Wang, of Mt. Hebron High School in Ellicott City.

Rachel Linder, of Oakland Mills High School in Columbia.

Alexandra J. Barrett and Sophia H. Yang, of Reservoir High School in Fulton.

Alexandra L. Blumhorst, Stephen Chen, Anthony T. Chong, George Ge, Jessica H. Hennacy, David Hwang, Christopher T. Le, Sebin Lee, Joy Li, Taariq Mohammed, Michael Qian, Anthony M. Yu and Elric H. Zhang of River Hill High School in Clarksville.

Emily DeBoy and Cathy Zhu, of Wilde Lake High School in Columbia.

The National Merit Scholarships will be awarded this spring.