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Altamont Seniors Win National Merit Semifinalists Designation
Laine Williams

Altamont seniors Alan Alderson, Audrey Williams and Jeffrey Youngson were announced as Semifinalists in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These students join approximately 16,000 other high school seniors in receiving this honor.

Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as the initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state's percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

These academically talented students have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered next spring. For more information about the National Merit Scholarship Program, visit

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