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Taking a break from the state of Missouri’s education budget trouble with some news from the Columbia Public Schools web site:

Thirteen students from Columbia’s high schools are finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program for the current school year.

Hickman High School has two finalists, Evan Datz and Pari Jafari. Eleven finalists from Rock Bridge High School are Alexis Bartelt, Chase Franke, Alan Hatfield, Tasmeen Hussain, Sidhant Misra, Timothy Quetsch, Timothy Robertson, Simon Segert, Sarah Weston, Alec Wright and Wei Wu.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation, a non-profit, privately-funded organization, administers the program that began in 1955.

About 16,000 high school students are picked as semi-finalists annually based on their performance on the preliminary scholastic aptitude test (PSAT) score which is usually taken in the spring of the junior year.

After the SAT is taken in the fall of the senior year, about 15,000 of the semi-finalists are selected as National Merit Finalists to compete with others across the country for the 8,200 merit scholarships offered each year by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

The scholarships are $2,500.

Thirteen Columbia Public Schools students have qualified as National Merit finalists for the 2009-10 school year. The students are, from Hickman High School, Evan Datz and Pari Jafari; and from Rock Bridge High School, Alexis Bartelt, Chase Franke, Alan Hatfield, Tasmeen Hussain, Sidhant Misra, Timothy Quetsch, Timothy Robertson, Simon Segert, Sarah Weston, Alec Wright, and Wei Wu. Nearly 15,000 finalists nationwide will compete for approximately 8,200 merit scholarships available through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Students will be notified in April if they are selected for a scholarship.

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