Four area students are being honored for their academic abilities.
Manhattan High students Sophia Harms and Austin Canady and Rock Creek High students Dylan Meyer and Josh Roberts are among the 15,000 seniors named National Merit Finalists.
More than 1.5 million students entered the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
To become a finalist, the students and their high school submitted a scholarship application, which detailed the academic record, participation in extra-curricular activities, leadership ability, an essay and qualifying SAT scores.
The finalists will be in the running for a scholarship out of the 2,500 National Merit $2,500 scholarships, about 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit scholarships and around 4,800 college-sponsored Merit scholarships.
Scholarship announcements will begin in April and conclude in July.
Meyer also has been selected to compete in the 2013 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The annual competition recognizes the nation’s most distinguished graduating seniors for their academic success.
Meyer will vie for a semi-finalist position in the hopes of being named an Academic Scholar and qualifying for a trip to Washington, D.C.
Roberts has been named a finalist in the 2013 National Achievement Scholarship Program by demonstrating outstanding performance potential for future academic success.
He will compete for one of 800 Achievement scholarships to be awarded nationwide.