Six Barrington students named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists

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Barrington High School boasts one of the highest numbers of National Merit Scholarship semifinalists among all high schools in Rhode Island this year, as six local students earned the distinction.

Barrington's Timothy P. Connor, Cassidy M. Laidlaw, Emma Marguiles, Megan Verner-Crist, Cecilia Yao and Nicholas Zimmerman each qualified for the chance to become one of the 8,000 National Merit Scholarship finalists. Those individuals will be awarded scholarships totaling about $35 million.

Barrington had the second highest number of semifinalists behind Wheeler School and Moses Brown, which each had seven. East Greenwich was the only other public school in the state with more than three National Merit Scholarship semifinalists with four.

"About 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants," stated a press release from the program.

In order to become a finalist, the students and officials at their high schools must complete an application detailing the individual's academic record.

There are three types of scholarships offered through the program, including a $2,500 award given on a state representational basis.

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