Three Whatcom County high school students have been awarded 2012 National Merit Scholarships, each worth $2,500.
The winners were announced Wednesday, May 2.
Whatcom County winners are:
- Katherine Cooke, Bellingham High School.
- Jacob Highleyman, Sehome High School.
- Mattie Carlson, Ferndale High School.
The trio were among five semifinalists from Whatcom County.
To become semifinalists, students had to take the PSAT and be among the highest-scoring participants in each state. The roughly 16,000 semifinalists represented less than 1 percent of all high school seniors.
To reach the finals, they had to have strong academic records, be recommended by their school principals, score high enough on the SAT and write an essay.
About 15,000 students were named as finalists for three types of scholarships in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Those scholarships are the $2,500 National Merit Scholarships (announced Wednesday), corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards and college-financed scholarships.
About 8,300 students will have won National Merit Scholarships worth more than $35 million during the 2012 competition.