Montgomery County students named National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists

      Montgomery County Public Schools announced that 170 of their{}students have earned 2012 National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist status.

      The semi-finalists come from 14 high schools in the county. Of those, the selected schools{}and numbers are:

      Bethesda-Chevy Chase: 14 Montgomery Blair: 44 James Hubert Blake: 1 Winston Churchill: 13 Albert Einstein: 1 Walter Johnson: 9 Richard Montgomery: 39 Paint Branch: 1 Poolesville: 12 Quince Orchard: 1 Sherwood: 1 Springbrook: 2 Walt Whitman: 20 Thomas S. Wootton: 12

      The students will go on to compete nationally for scholarships that will be offered in the spring. The finalists will be considered for a $2,500 scholarship, plus other corporate or college-sponsorship scholarships as well.

      The semi-finalists were among the top scoring high school juniors on the 2010 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. About 16,000 semifinalists across the nation will compete to advance to the final stage of the competition.