BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A number of local students were named National Merit Scholars for the 2017 program, with scholarship awards to be given out in spring 2017.

There were five semifinalists named from the Bridgewater-Raritan High School, namely Ryan Jin, Trisha Kaundinya, Sneha Shivakumar and Daniel Wang. (The fifth student declined to be named.)

There were also a few Bridgewater residents from Pingry who were named as finalists. They were Daniel Hutt, of Martinsville, and Akash Kumar, of Bridgewater.

To enter the program, about 1.6 million juniors throughout the country took the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. About 15,000 semifinalists will advance to the finals and 7,500 scholarships will be offered next spring, totaling about $33 million.