WILTON, Conn. — A group of 10 seniors from Wilton High School have been selected as finalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship program, the school announced.
Alexander Bendix, Nicholas Dehn, Alexander Hirsch, Margaret Hoch, Christopher Hume, Rachael Jones, Ethan Segall, Chase Smith, Kathleen Smith and Ingrid Wang are among approximately 15,000 finalists nationwide.
These students are now eligible for National Merit Scholarship recognition, which will be announced in the spring. They were chosen from a pool of 16,000 students who were named semifinalists in September .
In order to become a finalist in the program, semifinalists had to submit a detailed scholarship application, which included evidence of their high performance; endorsement by the school principal; SAT scores; a self-descriptive essay and evidence of the student’s participation and leadership in school and community activities.
Of the finalists, approximately 8,000 students will be scholarship winners, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation website .