DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. Dobbs Ferry High School seniors Regina Choi Ning Chan, Martha Corey and Natasha Mathur have all been named finalists for the 2012 National Merit Scholarship program.
The three of them were among 16,000 semifinalists from a total of 1.5 million students to enter the program across the country and qualify for the award.
"Essentially what happens is the kids are competing against everyone else in the country," said Dobbs Ferry High School Principal John Falino. "As they get further and further along their scores are among the top in the country."
The degree of difficulty of classes at the high school was referenced as something that helped prepare Dobbs Ferry students for such opportunities.
"I think one of the things that contribute directly to this is a high level of rigor in the classes," he said. "There's rigor happening in all the grade levels."
Falino pointed to the International Baccalaureate program in the high school as one of the main reasons for such high scores by many of its students.
"It's accelerating students," he said. "You're going to see kids who are developing these skills."
To qualify for the National Merit, students must receive a score of 202 or higher on the preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The highest possible score on the test, which is divided into math, reading and writing, is 240.
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