Twelve South County high schoolers named as National Merit Semifinalists for 2021

The 2020 National Merit semifinalists from Lindbergh Schools.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has named 12 South County high school students as semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. Approximately 16,000 students earned the honor nationwide.

Seven students from Lindbergh High School, two from Mehlville High School and three from Oakville High School were named semifinalists.

National Merit Semifinalists are high school seniors who are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

Lindbergh’s honorees are Samuel Byerly, Riley Christian, Alex Hubbard, Mary Lanio, Jackson Terrill, Zoe Vetter and Abigail Wagner.

“These students have worked hard through their high school career, and they have truly earned this honor,” said LHS Principal Eric Cochran in a news release. “This directly reflects their commitment to education, support from families and the teachers who motivate and prepare them for success after high school.”

Mehlville’s honorees are Angelina O’Brien and Matthew Hansen from MHS, and Aurora Baker, Andrew Curran and Katie Seithel from OHS.

These 12 students were selected out of 1.5 million juniors from about 21,000 high schools nationwide who entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents fewer than 1 percent of high school seniors and includes the highest scoring individuals in each state.