SUMMIT, NJ - Five Summit High School members of the Class of 2017 ---  Katherine Scheer, Sean Crotty, Ethan Kantor, Matthew Colon, and Christopher Kelser -- have been named as finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

During the 2015-16 school year, Summit High School juniors took the PSAT exam, with 34 now seniors recognized in the fall of 2016 by the Program as either commended students or semifinalists.

Students identified as semifinalists were required to submit their SAT scores, possess an outstanding academic record, and be endorsed by a high school administrator in order to be considered for a finalist position.

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Additionally, semifinalists had to submit an application with their transcripts, provide a listing of extracurricular and-or volunteer activities, and author an essay. Once selected as a finalist,, students are then eligible to earn scholarships.

Of the 15,000 finalists across the United States, about 7,500 get a scholarship that falls into one of the following categories: National Merit $2,500 Scholarship, Corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship, and College-sponsored Merit Scholarship.