Wilton High School students Rachel Pak and Derek Thomas were named semifinalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program on Wednesday, Sept. 9.
The seniors are two of the approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 61st annual scholarship program.
As semifinalists, they will have an opportunity to continue competing for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.
To advance to the finalist level, each semifinalist and his or her school must submit a detailed scholarship application detailing:
- An outstanding high school academic record;
- School and community activity participation;
- Demonstration of leadership ability;
- Honors and awards received.