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Nineteen from Forsyth in national merit running
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Forsyth County News

The following seniors are semifinalists for the honor:

• Lambert
Zachary R. Eccleston
Katherine A. Evans
Stella Huang
Casey J. Kim
Jea Du Kim
Megan K. Moore
Lucy F. Yang

• North
Christina A. Hansen

• South
Kristen N. Hopper
Brenden M. Hull
Joohyeun Kim
Michael Z. Liu
Kelsey E. Morton
Vijeth Mudalegundi

• West
Ryan J. Burns

• Pinecrest
James M. Kemper
Kevin Ruiz
Rafael P. Skokanic
Austin J. Ward

A small group of high school seniors from Forsyth County is in the running for a National Merit scholarship.

In total, 19 students — four from Pinecrest Academy and the rest from the Forsyth County school system — have made it to the semifinal round for the 8,000 scholarships.

From here, the students must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level, a feat that about 90 percent of semifinalists are expected to achieve.

However, only about half of the finalists will secure a scholarship.

“We congratulate these 15 students on achieving this recognition and wish them well as they complete their requirements for the finalist level of competition,” said Forsyth County School Superintendent Buster Evans.

The 16,000 semifinalists were selected from about 1.5 million seniors at more than 22,000 high schools nationwide.

Pinecrest’s four semifinalists represent about 8 percent of the school’s senior class of 51, said Vivian Heard, school spokeswoman.

That statistic is “compared to less than 1 percent of all high school students who also earned this designation,” she said.

“This speaks to the rigorous, college-preparatory academics we offer in our high school and is a testament to the depth of experience of our high school faculty.”