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9 Westmoreland students are National Merit Scholarship semifinalists

Jamie Martines

About 600 Pennsylvania students are in the running for a 2019 National Merit Scholarship, and nine of those semifinalists attend high schools in Westmoreland County—Greensburg Salem, Franklin Regional and Norwin.

The award recognizes high-scorers on the 2017 Preliminary SAT exam. The test is typically taken during a student’s junior year of high school as a precursor to the SAT exam. Winners are selected based on a student’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, leadership abilities, employment, honors and awards, according to a National Merit Scholarship program statement.

Over 1.6 million students at 22,000 high schools across the country took the test in 2017, according to a National Merit Scholarship program statement.

Winners will be announced in spring 2019. Awards include 2,500 National Merit Scholarships in the amount of $2,500, as well as locally-sponsored corporate awards. Colleges and universities will also finance awards.

Franklin Regional High School led local schools in the number of semifinalists, with six students making the cut: Quincy Bayer, Meghna Iyengar, Bhav Jain, Clare McCarthy, Jaden Seman and Elena Swecker.

There were two semifinalists from Norwin High School — Matthew Alford and Charles Blenko — and one semifinalist from Greensburg Salem, Asher Joy.

Jamie Martines is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jamie at 724-850-2867, [email protected] or via Twitter @Jamie_Martines.

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