The following local students have been named 2009 National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists:

The following local students have been named 2009 National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists:

Ashland High School: Sam Fleuter, Miles B. Nerenberg, Jeffrey Star, Forrest Wells.

Homeschooled: Abigal F. Dock of Medford.

North Medford High School: Grant A Hendrix.

South Medford High School: Abigail H. Long, Sabrina Pol, Anna C. Sours.

St. Mary's School: Bay W. Gross, Zachary L. Tomlinson.

These students will have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,200 Merit Scholarship awards. To become a finalist, semifinalists must have a record of high academic performance, be endorsed and recommended by their school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm their earlier qualifying test performance.

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St. Mary's students Kelsey Gross, Hanna Heycke, James Pagnini, Campbell Patterson, Josephine Reeder, Lauren Rice, Peter Watson and Cydney Wong have been named Commended Students in the 2009 National Merit Scholarship Program. A letter of commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented to these scholastically talented seniors. Commended students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2009 competition by taking the 2007 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

Chapter EE, P.E.O. Sisterhood has announced two $1,500 scholarship recipients from Southern Oregon University for the 2008-2009 year.

Amanda Engler, a senior at Southern Oregon University, is majoring in English with minors in studio art and education. She also is a skilled artist. Her future plans include a master's degree in secondary education through Southern Oregon University. Engler has a special interest in working with high school students and has spent much volunteer time in this area. Pamela Armstrong, also a senior at Southern Oregon University, is majoring in business. She also is working towards a certificate in management of human resources with a minor in communication. Armstrong has been involved in many community and campus activities. She has many years experience working with the 4-H programs both state and local. On campus, she is highly involved with the local chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management.

The P.E.O. Sisterhood is a philanthropic, educational organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities for women. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic record, character, seriousness of purpose and financial need.