Four Los Alamitos High students are National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists. Pictured (L to R) are Leela Fredlund, Katherine Kubiatko, Aidan Fair, and Stephen Kelman. To qualify as a National Merit Semifinalists, one must score within the top 1% of PSAT scorers during their junior year. Annually, approximately 16,000 students nationwide are acknowledged as semifinalists. Semifinalists have the opportunity to apply for consideration as finalists, with applications considered based on varied strengths of the student – academics, assessment, pursuit of passion, and post-secondary learning plans.