More than two dozen area high school students were named as National Merit Scholar seminfinalists Wednesday, including 22 from College Station.
According to Chuck Glenewinkel, director of communications for the College Station school district, the 20 students from the district is its highest number in 14 years. College Station ISD averages 12.5 semifinalists a year.
Two College Station students who attend Kor Education School were also honored.
Two Bryan private school students also were honored, and a student at Brenham High School also was named to the list of about 16,000 students nationwide. Those who are named as semifinalists compete for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships.
According to a press release, about 90 percent of the semifinalists are named as finalists, and of those, about half earn the National Merit Scholar title.
Those who were named as semifinalists Wednesday include:
At A&M Consolidated High School: Anh Burgess, Dana Choe, Tian-Shu Huang, Catarina Hurtado, Alena Kang Landsberg, Kelly Krenek, Alexis Kuppersmith, Benjamin Lamb, Guillermo Munoz, Andrew Pham and Brandon Zhao.
At College Station High School: Elmira Adili, Katherine Davis, Allison Fang, Teshan Fernando, Byung Jun Kim, Tony Li, Benjamin Porter, Hongsen Qin and Ellen Wang.
Collin Slowey and Seth Maedo, students at the Kor Education School, also was named.
In Bryan, Haania Kakwan, a student at Allen Academy, and Nathan McClaran, who attends Brazos Valley Cornerstone Christian Academy, were honored.
Brenham High School student Jacqueline Deans also was named to the list.
According to a press release from the National Merit Scholarship Program, about 1.6 million high school juniors entered the program by taking the PSAT test. The pool of semifinalists represents less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, including the highest-scoring entrants in each state.