Three area students have been named semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. About 16,000 kids across the country were selected for the program based on scores earned in the Preliminary SAT test, which was administered last year. Of those semifinalists, about 15,000 will be named finalists in February. Local semi-finalists are Sara Freund of Wahlert, William Hoffman of Wahlert, and Sophia Getz of Galena. A total of 7,600 students will earn National Merit Scholarships that will be offered next spring. More than $31 million in scholarships will be available.