ORLANDO, Fla. -

12 seniors from Winter Park High School are among 29 Orange County students recognized as semifinalists in the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

The students were among 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools who took the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

The seniors now have a chance to for roughly 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered in the spring. To advance as a finalist, the semifinalists and their high school must submit a detailed scholarship application proving academic abilities throughout high school.

Finalist names will begin being released in April 2013.
Boone
Rebecca Burns
Bryan Capps
Kelsey Matteson
Amanda Mayer
Devan Spear
Megan Tracy
Cypress Creek
Daniel Kim
Timothy Nguyen
Edgewater
Miles Neslaw
Lake Nona
Justin Bisignano
Julia Nelson
West Orange
Christen Ram
University
Madhu Elias
Calvin Phan
Dr. Phillips
Bianca Cousin
Joshua Nassar
Linh Sack
Winter Park
Trevor Byrne
Jillian Dukes
Alexandra Felsing
Sarah Herod
Madeleine Hill
Mary Hwang
Melissa Likamwa
Vaishali Mehta
Mason Montgomery
Adrianne Spoto
Harrison Thayer
John Ward