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National Merit semifinalists named

A number of students attending local schools have been named semifinalists in the 2010 National Merit Scholarship Program.

They are among approximately 16,000 academically talented high school seniors who have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,200 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $36 million, that will be offered next spring.

The juniors are entered when they take the 2008 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which serves as an initial screening.

To become a finalist, a semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the high school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.

THE BISHOP’S SCHOOL: Kathleen Bohanon, Katherine Cheng, Clio Isaacson, Irene Kim, Marissa Pettit, Craig Sexauer and Michelle Wu

FRANCIS PARKER: Patrick Cage, Brian Holmes, Madeline Jennewein, Matthias Nikaj, Keerthi Reddy, Alicia Valencia and Patrick White

LA JOLLA COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL: Adam Kaldor, Michael Kaplan and Micah Siegel

LA JOLLA HIGH SCHOOL: Benjamin Cosman, Tiffany Fan, Alexandria Foster, Benjamin Gammage, Dae-Eui Kim, Jack Latta, Elizabeth Schneider, Carmen Spicer and Fan Yang

SAN DIEGO JEWISH ACADEMY: Daniel Penner