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Eight Wheatley Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has named eight Wheatley seniors as Semifinalists in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program. The seniors earning this prestigious honor are Liting Chiang, Ariel Fieldman, Remy Haber, Timothy Lee, William Schiela, Zohaib Shaikh, David Vakili and Tom Wang.

As Semifinalists, the students scored in the top 1/2 of one percent of the more than 1.5 million juniors who entered the program by taking the PSAT last year.

The semifinalists are now eligible to compete for Merit Scholarship awards worth $34 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements and advance to the finalist level of competition. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to become finalists and approximately half of the finalists will be selected as Merit Scholarship winners.