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FRAMINGHAM – Three Framingham High students were named semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship.

There were about 16,000 students named semifinalists across America.

About half of the semifinalists usually earn earn scholarships in the spring.

The Framingham High semifinalists are:

  • Sarah Downes
  • Lucas Gustafson
  • Olivia Romito

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The seniors are competing for about 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million. The winners will be announced in the spring.

Students were chosen after taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

The semifinalists are among the highest-scoring entrants in each state and represent less than 1% of high school seniors in the U.S.

To become a National Merit Scholar Finalist, the semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, have an outstanding academic record, participate in school and community activities, display leadership, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay and earn a qualifying SAT or ACT score.

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Finalists will be named in February. Approximately half of the finalists will become National Merit Scholarship winners.

The winners will be announced starting in April.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.