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3 Plainfield students named National Merit semifinalists

Seniors named from north, east and central campuses

Plainfield School District 202 students Gillian Camacho, Emily Woods and James Memishi were named National Merit semifinalists.
Plainfield School District 202 students Gillian Camacho, Emily Woods and James Memishi were named National Merit semifinalists.

Three high school seniors from Plainfield School District 202 were named among the 16,000 National Merit semifinalists nationwide.

Gillian Camacho, from Plainfield Central, Emily Woods, from Plainfield North, and James Memishi, from Plainfield East, were the District 202 students named semifinalists, according to a news release.

The three will compete for 7,600 National Merit Scholarship awards, worth about $31 million in all.

The awards will be announced next spring. This is the 65th year of the prestigious program, which honors academically talented high school seniors.

About 15,000 of the 16,000 semifinalists for this school year are expected to be named finalists, and about half of the finalists will be named National Merit Scholars.

To become a finalist, students must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the school principal and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier qualifying performance.

About 1.5 million high school juniors in more than 21,000 high schools nationwide entered the 2020 National Merit Program by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

The pool of semifinalists comprises less than 1% of all U.S. high school seniors and includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.

The winners will be announced between April and July 2020, joining more than 345,000 others who have earned the distinction.

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