MONTCLAIR, NJ - Four Montclair High School students and 3 Montclair Kimberley Academy students have been named as semifinals of the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship, officials announced this week.

The following seven students will compete for 7,600 National Merit scholarships, worth more than $30 million:


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  • Blackburn, Madeleine N.
  • Blackburn, Maxwell O.
  • Giarrusso, Walsh A.
  • Hickok, Eleanor G.


  • Dimaggio, Anthony
  • Hofmann, Caleb H.
  • Korfhage, Alexander C.

To qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program, more than 1.5 million juniors from nearly 21,000 high schools apply for the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which serves as an initial screening.

The semifinalist and a high school official then submit a scholarship application and provide information about the semifinalist's academic record, participation in school and community activities, leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. The semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official and write an essay to qualify.

To learn more about the annual competition, click here.