Several area high school seniors are among the select few who recently were named as National Merit Scholarship winners.

The National Merit Scholarship Corp. designated 2,500 students to be awarded scholarships of $2,500 each, from a national pool of more than 15,000 finalists.

Among the winners this year are two students from Lincoln-Way North High School in Frankfort: Caitlin Broderick, of Frankfort, who plans to study medicine; and Christopher Gorski, of Mokena, who will major in physics.

Other winners are Abhishek Sharma, of Tinley Park, a senior at Andrew High School, who plans to pursue a career in biomedical engineering; Jason Zeng, of Flossmoor, who attends the University of Chicago Laboratory High School and plans to study surgical medicine; and John Corrigan, of Lemont, a Benet Academy student who will major in mechanical engineering.

The winners — all of whom took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test as juniors — also were judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success, according to a news release from the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

An estimated 1.5 million juniors took the test, and those scoring the highest — less than 1 percent of the field — were named semifinalists in the competition. From that group, 15,000 met the high academic standards and other requirements to advance, and 8,000 were named “merit scholars,” the news release said.

The National Merit Scholarship Corp. is a nonprofit founded in 1955 to conduct this scholarship program. Most scholarships are underwritten by more than 400 independent corporate and college sponsors that share the corporation’s goals of honoring scholastically talented youth and encouraging academic excellence.

The scholarships may be used at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university.

Staff reports