Seven Herricks students make National Merit semis

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Seven Herricks High School seniors have been named semifinalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Sahil Abbi, Jane Chen, Ranzhuonan “Emily” Chen, June Chu, Udit Dave, Vikram Krishnamoorthy and Brian Zhao were among the highest scorers in the state on the PSAT/NMSQT, qualifying them for the second round of the nationwide scholarship competition.

Of the 1.5 million students who take the test each year, about 16,000 are selected as semifinalists, according to the program’s website.

The students are involved in several extracurricular activities at Herricks High School, such as Model United Nations, the Tri-M Music Honor Society and Science Research.

“These students’ academic success is a direct result of working diligently; we congratulate them on this wonderful achievement,” Herricks school Superintendent Fino Celano said in a statement.

In February, the students will find out whether they were named finalists in the program, now in its 61st year.

Finalists are eligible for college scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, colleges and universities or corporations.

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