Thirty Wichita-area students were named semifinalists Wednesday in the National Merit Scholarship competition.
Eleven of the semifinalists attend Wichita public schools — 10 from East High School and one from North.
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 15,000 are expected to achieve finalist status based on other requirements, such as academic skills, extracurricular accomplishments and an essay.
Finalists will compete next spring for 2,500 National Merit Scholarships of $2,500. Scholarship winners will be announced in the spring.
National Merit semifinalists from the Wichita area:• Andover Central High School – Colin Williams
• Bluestem High – Ian Hughes
• Goddard High – Kendra Young
• Maize High – Kellor Yde
• Maize South – Natalie Bach
• Bishop Carroll – Molly Demel, Maureen Dowell
• Kapaun Mount Carmel – Gabriel Bann, Ainsley deNoyelles, Thomas Hand, Abigail Louis, Paul Vanderpool, Christine Wolf
• Independent – Michael Kay, Jacob Maddox, Karson Rowe
• Collegiate – Carolyn Lewelling
• Wichita East – Kellin Bruce, Newton Cheng, Elena Cokova, Cameron Heeren, Zora Jenney, Nathan Jin, Kevin Kilgour, Nathanael Lawton, Erin Rodgers, Trevor Scheopner
• Wichita North – Henry Elliott
• Sunrise Christian Academy – Abigail Wilson
• Home School – Aaron Wilson