Photo: (from left) Andrew Giorgio, Maggie Liu, Anya Zhang, Principal Dan Richards, Emma Pierce-Hoffman and Kaiwen Zhang.
Five Belmont High School seniors were named 2016 National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists by The National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
Andrew Giorgio, Emma Pierce-Hoffman, Maggie Liu, Anya Zhang and Kaiwen Zhang join 16,000 other semifinalists from across the country in the competition for nearly 7,600 scholarships worth $33 million that will be given out in the spring of 2016.
To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and more than half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship and earning the title Merit Scholar.