HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Five Hillsborough High School Students have been named Semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Alan J. Ji, Alicia Y. Liu, Shweta Parthasarathy, Swara Ramaswamy and Yinuo Xi have been recognized for their academic achievements by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 PSAT. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

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To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist's academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.

From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level.

Every Finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit® $2,500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state-representational basis. National Merit Scholarship winners of 2020 will be announced in April.