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5 Pali High Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists

The students will compete for about 8,300 scholarships worth more than a total $32 million.

Five seniors earned a place as a 2013 National Merit Semifinalist, the nonprofit National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced Wednesday.

The students named are McKane J. Andrus, Ana K. Hillaboe, Hyun J. Kim, Brian K. Lewinstein and Nicholas Z. Lue.

The students will compete for about 8,300 scholarships worth more than a total $32 million. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to make it to the finals and just more than half of the finalists will win a scholarship.

The students were judged by their scores on standardized tests, their grades, an essay and extracurricular activities.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation was established in 1955 to conduct the National Merit Scholarship Program, according to a news release from the nonprofit organization. The scholarships are provided by the organization and about 440 businesses and educational institutions.

—City News Service contributed to this report.

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