LIVINGSTON, NJ — Sixteen Livingston High School seniors have been named among the highest-scoring entrants in the state for the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program, joining a pool of semifinalists that represent less than one percent of high school seniors nationwide.

Below is a list of Livingston’s semifinalists along with the tentative college major each student reported to the high school as a junior, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

  • Kevin Chen — Engineering
  • Ethan Dcosta — Astrophysics
  • Aditya Desai — Finance and Financial Management Services
  • Joyce He — Chemistry
  • Jared Hershey — Business Management, Marketing and Related Support Services
  • Rachelle Hu — Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
  • Divyank Jain — Computer Science
  • Jesse Li — Undecided
  • Carolyn Meng — Undecided
  • Leo Stepanewk — Undecided
  • Hannah Swee  — Natural Resources and Conservation
  • Edward Wang — Computer Science
  • Nicholas Wang — Mathematics and Statistics
  • Kasey Wei — Undecided
  • Rosa Xia — Undecided
  • Lucy Xu — Computer Science

These 16 students were among approximately 16,000 semifinalists named earlier this week. All semifinalists will have an opportunity to continue in the competition for about 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered next spring.

In order to be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. According to the NMSC, more than 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain “finalist” standing, and more than half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.