Garden City High School senior Chloe Hanigan recently was named a National Merit semifinalist, qualifying her for the competition of 7,500 nationwide National Merit scholarships to be offered this spring.

The approximately 16,000 semifinalists represent less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, and about 15,000 are expected to advance to the finalist level. Winners will be selected from the finalists and awarded scholarships this spring.