Fifteen La Cañada High School seniors are in the running for one of 8,400 National Merit Scholarships, it was announced Wednesday.
The National Merit Scholarship Program released the names of 16,000 semifinalists who each can potentially earn scholarships of up to $2,500. More than $36 million in scholarships will awarded in 2010, the program's 56th year. The scholars are selected for their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in college.
La Cañada High seniors Louisa Bihuan Chen, Jessie Cho, May Forssen, Teresa Jiang, Charles Kim, Jason Kim, Raymond Ma, Kayla McCue, Andrew Nelson, Edward Pak, Brian Park, Eric Park, Hayden Speck, Antonia Warner and Patrick Yew are all semifinalists for the award.
"I feel like we're at the top of the school and we're all proud," said Charles Kim, adding that "winning the scholarship is an opportunity to put something on a college application that will stand out."
Chen wasn't surprised with how many Spartans were named semifinalists.