Thirty Wichita-area students were named semifinalists Wednesday in the National Merit Scholarship competition.
Eleven of the semifinalists attend Wichita public schools — nine from East High School, one from Northwest and one from South.
Students become National Merit semifinalists by taking the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) during their junior year and scoring in the top one-half of 1 percent in the state.
Nationwide, about 16,000 students were named semifinalists. About 90 percent will achieve finalist status based on other requirements, such as academic skills, extracurricular accomplishments and an essay.
Finalists will compete next spring for 8,300 National Merit Scholarships of $2,500. Scholarship winners will be announced in the spring.
National Merit semifinalists from the Wichita area are: