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:• Derby – Ashley Brewer
• Goddard – Michelle Berg
• Maize South – Jesse Bashor
• Newton – David Jantz, Mark Kreider
• Winfield – Tymon Wall
• Bishop Carroll – Molly Bogner, Augustus Henry, Audrey Kruse
• Kapaun Mount Carmel – Jordan Burns, Molly Wierman
• Trinity Academy – Claire Mullen
• Independent – Mackenzie Cole, Alan Liu, Lakhshmi Nagireddy
• Collegiate – Sage Farha, Jonathan Go, Elly Vosburgh
• East – Emily Jensen, Edward Li, Hari Ramanan, Miranda Rose, Lauren Sinik, Aubrey Smading, Varsha Tirukonda, Dina Vu, Frank Zhong
• Northwest – Emma Wingert
• South – David Strum
• Home School – Margaret Botros