Four more county students named National Merit finalists

Published: Monday, March 10, 2014 at 5:01 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 10, 2014 at 5:01 p.m.

Three Alachua County private school students and one home-school student have been named National Merit Scholarship finalists, bringing the county’s total of finalists to 38.

Every student who was named a semifinalist in September was also named a finalist.

The four additional students are: Kaitlyn N. Morse and Bob L. Zhou, from Oak Hall School; Hannah R. Glynn, from St. Francis Catholic High School; and Michael S. Helvey, a home-school student from Newberry.

Alachua County Public Schools spokeswoman Jackie Johnson said it’s common for semifinalists to go on and become finalists, although 38 is the most finalists Alachua County has had in several years. There were 32 finalists last year and 22 in 2011, according to Sun archives.

National Merit Scholarship finalists are the 15,000 top students out of about 1.5 million who enter by taking the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Of the finalists, 8,000 will be selected for college-, corporate- and program-sponsored scholarships.

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