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Whiz Kids: Students Named National Achievement Semifinalists

The students from Parkway North and Parkway Central are eligible to compete for college scholarship dollars.

The announced this week that a pair of Creve Coeur area high school students have been named National Merit Scholarship Achievement scholarship semifinalists.

Ahmed Eltahir, and Paa Imbeah are among a pool of approximately 16,000 students nationwide to have reached this stage, thanks to performance on standardized testing.

The field will be winnowed down to 15,000 students nationwide who have demonstrated strong academic performance throughout high school and will have been recommended and endorsed by their principal. The students will also write an essay, have strong SAT scores, and be evaluated on their leadership, community involvement outside of class.

Next spring, roughly 8,300 finalists will learn if they've received National Merit Scholarships, corporate-sponsored awards or a college-sponsored scholarship, according to the organization's website.

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