PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- Pleasantville High School students Laura Chapman and Sophie Dora Tulchin are among the approximately 16,000 seniors nationwide who have attained semifinalist status in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
Chapman and Tulchin are now eligible to continue in the competition for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be awarded in the spring.
Semifinalists are designated on a state representational basis and comprise less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors. This year's qualifying score for semifinalists ranged from 202 to 225 and was 219 in New York state.
Designated as commended students from Pleasantville High School were James Bathon, Lorenzo Castoldi, Kimberly Chia, Michelle DeSa, Charlotte Hill, Alyssa Kerper, Aidan Lewis, Sophie Loring, Sophia Maldonado, Tobias Mitchell, Elena Phethean, Karina Roye, Samantha Sicignano, Rithvik Subramanya and David Zweibaum. They are among the approximately 34,000 students who scored in the top 5 percent in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship competition.
Additionally, The College Board further recognized Michelle DeSa and Sophia Maldonado as National Hispanic Scholars. They scored among the top 2.5 percent of Hispanic and Latino students who participated in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship competition.
More than 1.5 million students entered the 2016 competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in October 2014. Of that number, the top 50,000 scorers are designated as semifinalists or commended students.