Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Area semifinalists include:

Fort Walton Beach High School

Bethany A. Jowers


Gulf Breeze High School

Bickston G. Laenger

Britton M. Landrum

Wyatt A. Sise


Niceville High School

Jackson A. Cook

Dane D. Dickerson

Sara A. Strunk


Collegiate High School at Northwest Florida State College

Emma G. Shelton


North Bay Haven Charter Academy

Noah J. Passey


Bay High School

Jackson R. Morris


Rutherford High School

Danielle Nicole Fansagi

Alex E. Johnson

Shaun P. McDaniel


South Walton High School

Nadia M. Bock


Seacoast Collegiate High School

Findlay A. Townsend


These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2020 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July.