Students from local schools have qualified as semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Ethan Moon. (Special)

About 1 percent of high school seniors nationwide qualify as semifinalists. The students were chosen for their scores on qualifying tests, and now must submit letters of recommendation, college entrance exam scores and information about their leadership and community activities. Students then chosen as finalists receive a $2,500 scholarship. The Fulton County School District, Wesleyan School and Marist School sent out announcements on students who qualified.

Fulton announced that 123 students qualified as semifinalists, including several students from Sandy Springs schools. North Springs Charter High School students Claudia Chu, Jared Coffsky, Daniel Lopez and Eric Miller and Riverwood International Charter School students Saya A. Abney and Lily Schneider qualified.

Six Marist School students, Allison Hart, Jack Pantlin, Paul Plaia, Beatrice Russell, Conor Walsh and Benjamin Wise, qualified as semifinalists, the school announced.

Ethan Moon, a student from Dunwoody who attends Wesleyan School in Peachtree Corners, qualified, the school said.