Four area high school seniors have been named 2012 National Merit Semifinalists, and a total of 27 were selected from Wyoming.
Nia Cattaneo and Amiah Warder of Big Horn High School, and Emma Hall and Keely Oltion of Sheridan High School were announced as finalists this week.
According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation's website, semifinalists took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test as juniors to qualify as semifinalists. Around 16,000 of the 50,000 who took the test are named as semifinalists in early September, the site said, and the highest scoring students in each state are named so the number of semifinalists is proportional to the number of graduating seniors in each state.
Semifinalists must take the SAT to confirm PSAT scores and must complete other requirements in order to become finalists.
Normally, 15,000 of the 16,000 students become finalists. Finalists are announced in February, and they can be given up to $2,500 for the National Merit Scholarship. Other levels of scholarships are distributed in the spring along with the ones to top tier National Merit Scholars.