GREENWICH — Nine Greenwich Academy seniors were named 2020 National Merit Scholar semifinalists after they ranked in the top 1 percent of all students who took the 2020 Preliminary SAT exam.

On Wednesday, the National Merit Scholarship Corp. announced the names of about 16,000 semifinalists in its 65th annual scholarship program. Among the semifinalists this year, were Greenwich Academy seniors: Isabel Allard, Grace Austin, Holland Ferguson, Laura Kapp, Sophia Klein, Megan Meyerson, Sophia Moore, Sydney Pittignano and Hanna Tulchinsky.

Head of School at Greenwich Academy, Molly King, congratulated the students.

“At GA, we are fortunate to be part of a community of achievers,” she said. “To have 10 percent of our senior class recognized as National Merit semifinalists speaks to the depth of our senior class. We are immensely proud of these bright young women.”

To become a finalist, each student must provide a detailed application with information about their academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities and honors or awards received.

Finalists will go on to compete for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million.