Twelve Staples High School seniors have been recognized as semifinalists in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship program.

This year’s Staples semifinalists are, according to school officials: Jodie Baris, Jordan Darefsky, Hannah DeBalsi, Arjun Dhindsa and Quinn Hughes.

Also, George Menz, Nicolas Ribolla, Aaron Samuels, Peter Sauer, Grant Tobben, Steven Xu and Xiaotian Zhang.

Nationwide, 16,000 semifinalists — fewer than 1 percent of all high school seniors — will compete for 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million, according to the announcement.

Superintendent of Schools Elliott Landon, in the announcement, said: “I have followed most of these students since they first entered our school district in kindergarten. I know how talented and hard-working they are.

“I am so very happy for them and for this singular wonderful achievement,” he added. “As with all the students who attend our schools, these 12 are representative of the talent that resides in every one of our 1,900 students being educated at Staples High School.”