stopher Smith of Greenbrier High School was among about 16,000 semifinalists in the 49th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
He will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for one of the 8,000 scholarships worth a total of $32 million that will be offered next spring.
To become a finalist, semifinalists must have a record of high academic performance, must be endorsed and recommended by their principal and must have performed well on the SAT. They also must submit a detailed application with a self-descriptive essay and information about their participation in community and leadership activities.
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