The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced today the 2013 $2,500 Merit Scholarship winners. There are 8,000 students nationwide who will receive a National Merit Scholarship in 2013, totally $35 million.
According to a release, students are selected based on academic record, "scores from two standardized tests, contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the Finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official."
Locally, the following students have been named National Merit Scholarship recipients:
Name: David A. Lakata
Hometown: Huntingdon Valley
School: Lower Moreland High School
Probable Career Field: Electrical Engineering