Eleven College Station students were named National Merit semifinalists in a list released this week.

The five A&M Consolidated High School and six College Station High School seniors are among 16,000 in the country — about 1,321 in Texas — who were selected as 2020 semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

From A&M Consolidated High School, Savyasachi Dixit, Eric J. Gan, Alexander F. Hilty, Tianda Huang and Amanda D. Rasmussen were honored, while College Station High School students Rhianna Boivie, Albert B. Chen, Sayuni K. Dharmasena, Claire A. Gatlin, Amelia Y. Hu and Abigail S. Perryman were included on the list.

Students were named National Merit semifinalists based on their scores on the 2018 Preliminary SAT (PSAT) or National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which they took as juniors in high school. In total, more than 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools took the tests to qualify for this year’s program.

The 16,000 semifinalists who were selected represent “less than 1%” of all U.S. high school seniors with each state’s number of semifinalists proportional to the state’s percentage the total number of graduation seniors nationally.

National Merit finalists are expected to be announced in February.

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