Linnea Fraser from Bloomington High School North and Clarissa Ren of Bloomington High School South both earned these prestigious awards. As detailed in the National Merit Scholarship press release
, the two high school juniors were among a group of 1.4 million students who took the "2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship
Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. In
September 2014, about 16,000 Semifi nalists were named on a state-representational basis in
numbers proportional to each state’s percentage of the national total of graduating high school
seniors. Semifi nalists were the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represented less
than one percent of the nation’s seniors."