A John Marshall high senior was recently named a 2013 National Merit semifinalist.
The designation, which is based on performance on the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, allows Isaac Rozen to compete for about 8,300 scholarships worth more than $32 million.
Regionally, there were other successes.
Keaton Pregozen, who attends the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts--based at California State University, Los Angeles in East Los Angeles--was also named a semifinalist.
So were 9 students at Loyola High School near Downtown L.A.: Griffin O. Cohen, Justin Fang, John Lee, Frederick Muth, Justin Nasse, Patrick O'Callahan, Sam Park and Chad Powers.
Other nearby high schools like Belmont High School, the Ramon Cortines High School for the Visual and Performing Arts, Camino Nuevo High School and the Downtown Magnets High School were not represented with semifinalists.
About 1.5 million juniors in 22,000 high schools took the 2011 PSAT. About 16,000 were named National Merit semifinalists.
To earn finalist status, students must have a superior academic record, a recommendation from their principal and an SAT score that's equivalent to or higher than their PSAT score. They must also submit an application along with an essay.
About 15,000 semifinalists will become finalists in February. Scholarships winners will be announced in the spring.
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