Two Marian students were recognized in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship (NMS) Program on Sept. 11. Senior Tayla McWilliams was named a semifinalist, and senior Sophie Clark was honored as a commended student.

The NMS program is a competition for academic recognition and college scholarships. About 1.5 million juniors entered the 2020 NMS program by taking the PSAT in October 2018.

Those recognized as semifinalists represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors. Semifinalists are the highest scoring entrants from each state, and about 15,000 will advance to finalist standing.

Tayla will join the rest of the 16,000 semifinalists in the competition, vying for over 7,600 National Merit Scholarships that will be offered in the spring. As a commended student, Sophie placed among the top five percent of those who took the qualifying test in October 2018.