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Students named National Merit Scholar Semifinalists

Seven high school seniors from Carroll County Public Schools have been named Semifinalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. This program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

The following students were named Semifinalists:

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Lisa Francomacaro - Liberty High School

Ashleigh Kirker - Liberty High School

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Nicholas Lolli - Westminster High School

John McAninely - South Carroll High School

Connor Powers - Liberty High School

Cameron Truitt - South Carroll High School

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Alexander Wikner - Liberty High School.

About 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools 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 1 percent of U.S. 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 on the qualifying test. The Finalists will be notified in February 2014.

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