Six Manhattan High School students have been named semifinalists for the annual National Merit Scholarships.

To become a finalist, students must submit a detailed scholarship application with information about their academic record, participation in school and community activities, leadership abilities, employment and honors and awards received. “We are so proud of this exceptional group of students and wish them well as the process moves forward”.

Few students who take the path to becoming named a National Merit Scholar will reach the finish line.

New Trier High School’s 2018 National Merit Semifinalists (not pictured: Jack Cable and Elliot Chow).

Other semifinalists include Aditya Singh of John Hardin, William Hall of Fort Knox and Skyler Hornback and Mary-Kirsten Reilly of Gatton Academy. The semifinalists, all high school seniors, will be eligible to compete for roughly 7,500 National Merit scholarships worth more than $32 million.

Lubbock High School can boast nine semifinalists, including Soohyun Chae, Georgeanna G. Gaines, Haoting Huo, Michael Lee, Aiswarya J. Pillai, Andrew H. Yan, Amy Yang, Shao-Lon M. Yeh and Jin Yeo. To ensure that academically talented young people from all parts of the United States are included in this talent pool, Semifinalists are designated on a state-representational basis. About 90 percent of semifinalists will attain finalist standing, with about half of finalists winning a scholarship. The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. They must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed by a high school official, write an essay and earn SAT scores that confirm their strong PSAT performance.