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Ten Consol students named National Merit semifinalists

By HOLLY HUFFMAN

Eagle Staff Writer

Ten students from A&M Consolidated High School have been named semifinalists in the race for National Merit Scholarships, College Station school district officials announced Wednesday.

The designation is based on students’ scores on the PSAT/NMSQT, which serves as an initial screening exam for the National Merit Scholarship program.

The 2005 Consol semifinalists are Justin Frye, Ioana Iacob, Dhananjay Jagannathan, Howard Liu, Aseem Mahajan, Kelly McLemore, Cody Moore, Sonia Poltoratski, Nathan Savir and Jennifer Schuller.

Bryan High School officials said Wednesday they didn’t know if any students from the campus were named semifinalists because they had yet to receive a letter from the scholarship program.

About 50,000 of the 1.3 million students who take the test every year qualify for recognition, program officials said.

Of those highest-scoring students, about one-third qualify as semifinalists. The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents less than 1 percent of American high school seniors, College Station district officials said.

The remaining two-thirds receive letters of commendation but do not continue in the competition for scholarships.

Semifinalists who meet academic and other requirements advance to finalist standing.

Merit scholarships are given to finalists based on their abilities, skills and accomplishments.

Last year, seven College Station students and one Bryan student were named semifinalists.

• Holly Huffman’s e-mail address is hhuffman@theeagle.com.

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