The National Merit Scholarship program has named its semifinalists for the 2015 competition.
About 1.4 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools around the country entered the program by taking the 2013 PSAT.
About 16,000 students were named semifinalists and can compete for the 7,600 National Merit Scholarships that together are worth more than $33 million and will be awarded next spring.
From the semifinalists, about 15,000 will be notified in February that they have advanced to the finalist level.
To become a finalist, a semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed by officials from his or her high school, earn SAT scores that are on par with his or her PSAT performance and submit an application that includes an essay and list of leadership and community activities.
National Merit Scholarship winners of 2015 will be announced from April to July.
Here are the National Merit Scholarship semifinalists from Wake County. (Semifinalists from other counties in and near the Triangle will run Sept. 22.)