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68% of Rockwood's National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists are from Eureka, Wildwood

Worth noting: 17 of 25 Rockwood School District new National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists are from Wildwood and Eureka. Congrats! See who is among the highest-scoring entrants in Missouri.

Twenty-five new seniors achieved Semifinalist standing in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program, according to a district announcement. The majority of those students attend either in Wildwood or .

The recipients include:

  • Saba Bajwa, Lafayette High School
  • Ellie Bednarek, Lafayette High School
  • Kevin Dick, Lafayette High School
  • Savya Hingorani, Eureka High School
  • Andrew Hosna, Eureka High School
  • Derek Legenzoff, Lafayette High School
  • Alan Lu, Lafayette High School
  • Seth Ludwig, Lafayette High School
  • Brendan Marsh, Eureka High School
  • Daniel Martin, Lafayette High School
  • Kathleen Newcomer, Lafayette High School
  • Stephen Rettenmaier, Eureka High School
  • Samuel St. Clair, Lafayette High School
  • Julie Sun, Lafayette High School
  • Eve Thomas, Eureka High School
  • Vivek Vallurupalli, Lafayette High School
  • David Wang, Lafayette High School

About 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2013 National Merit Scholarship competition when they took the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists represents less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, and includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

To become a Finalist, a Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a school official, and earn SAT scores that confirms their qualifying test performance. Some 15,000 Semifinalists are expected to advance to the Finalist level and compete for National Merit Scholarships, according to Rockwood sources.

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