Two West High School seniors, Hadeel S. Abdul-Rehman and Akshata H. Kapadne, are semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

They qualified based on their scores as juniors on the Preliminary SAT, the national merit scholarship qualifying test.

Out of 1.5 million test-takers, about 16,000 high scorers are chosen as semifinalists each fall. Most of them advance to the finalist stage, and nearly half become Merit Scholars and win scholarships worth a total of $31 million.

Abdul-Rehman and Kapadne have both expressed interest in studying bioengineering and biomedical engineering in college.

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