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.