Manhattan High School

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Seven Manhattan High School seniors are among 16,000 semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program’s annual contest.

The students — Elizabeth Hohn, Elizabeth Kim, Ethan Myer, Alejandro Ortiz, Allen Zhang, Robert Zhang and Stepan Zharkov — were selected from 1.5 million juniors who took the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test last school year. Of those 1.5 million, only approximately 1% are selected as semifinalists.

This is the most semifinalists from MHS in recent years. There were six semifinalists in 2017 and four in 2018.

Of those 16,000 finalists, about 15,000 will advance to the finalist round after completing a scholarship application, which includes an essay, high school staff recommendation, excellent ACT or SAT scores and an academic record that exemplifies outstanding school performance. Those finalists will be announced in February.

About half of the finalists will win one of 7,600 National Merit Scholarships cumulatively worth more than $31 million. Those scholarships will be announced April through July.