ARMONK, N.Y. -- Five seniors in the Byram Hills Central School District have been named as semifinalists in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program, Armonk school officials said.
Kevin Chang, Fionn Connolly, Jolie A. Feldman, Nicole H. Kim, and Chad J. Schwam were among 16,000 high school students in the nation to be tapped for the honor.
There will be 7,400 scholarships -- in total worth more than $32 million -- awarded next spring. The five Byram Hills seniors will now compete for one of those scholarships.
The district also announced that 30 Byram Hills students have received letters of commendation under the program.
They are: Jeffrey Asamoah, Willow M. Bailon, Sela K. Berenblum, James D. Bremner, Rebecca G. Cawkwell, Llana Cohen, Zachary M. Cohen, Jake I. Cooper, Andrea I. Cornelius, Sarah J. Crucilla, Michael Cvern, Jackson Harrower, Jacob A. Honig, Ryan C. Infante, Marisa H. Kaplan, Miriam R. Lachs, William Markowitz, Gregory A. Mekenian, Alex M. Pfeffer, Joshua P. Schuback, Matthew Schwimmer, Kohro G. Shimizu, Lyndsay T. Siegle, Rebecca E. Simon, Charles Stafford, Sarah M. Tang, Krista P. Tissot, Bailey M. Winston, Garrett Wolfe, and Alexander E. Wurm.
According to school officials, about 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to advance to the finals.
Finalists are ranked based on their academic records, participation in school and community activities, leadership abilities, employment record, and the honors and awards they have received.
Finalists will announced in February.
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