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      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.