Approximately 1.5 million high school juniors applied for the 2014 Merit Scholarship and only 16,000 (about 1 percent) are selected as semifinalists, according to the release.
The five Perry Hall semifinalists are among 19 students selected from Baltimore County, and Perry Hall had the most move to the semifinalist round.
"These superlative students deserve our congratulations and our support as they begin the next stage of the National Merit process," said Superintendent S. Dallas Dance, in the release. "They are an inspiration to all of Team BCPS."
Students selected in the next stage as finalists compete for 8,000 scholarships, collectively worth more than $35 million.
Here are the Perry Hall students selected as semifinalists:
- Jacob Biedronski
- Ethan T. Burbridge
- Charlotte F. Li
- Sean W. Owen
- Savannah J. Speir
For more information on the National Merit Scholarship Program, follow this link.