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Four Huntington Seniors are National Merit Finalists

It's an impressive feat. Four members of Huntington High School's Class of 2012 are finalists in this year's National Merit scholarship program, placing the teenagers among an elite group of seniors across the country.

Kaja Coraor, Andrew Ku, Matthew Petryk and Jeffrey Sun have advanced to finalist status in the prestigious scholarship competition. Finalists were selected from 16,000 semi-finalists.

"These fine students are among the most accomplished and well-rounded in the nation," Huntington Superintendent James W. Polansky said. "They have made and will continue to make the Huntington community so very proud. We wish them the best as the competition reaches its final stage."

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation will begin contacting about 8,300 finalists in March to inform the seniors they have been selected to receive a scholarship award. The notifications will continue until mid-June.

There are three types of scholarship awards: National Merit scholarships worth $2,500; Corporate-sponsored awards; College-sponsored awards. The corporate awards can be renewable for up to four years of study. The college awards are renewable for up to four years.

"The National Merit scholarship program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955," according to the organization's website. "High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMQT), a test which serves as an initial screen of more than 1.5 million entrants each year and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements."

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