Three high school seniors have been named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for their outstanding achievement on the Preliminary SAT taken during their junior year. Mary Kate Guma, Tazim Merchant and Andrew Wee are in an elite class of students, as less than 1 percent of the 1.4 million juniors who took the exam in 2013 achieved the highest scores that merit this designation. 

Mary Kate, Tazim and Andrew will now compete to become finalists in the competition, which offers $33 million in scholarships. To be considered for finalist standing, the students must have a record of continued high academic performance, achieve an SAT score consistent with their PSAT results, and be endorsed by the high school principal. 

“These students consistently achieve at high levels,” said high school Principal Dr. Kieran McGuire. “They are academic role models for our school and community. This recognition is well-deserved.”