Still in the hunt

Bluffton High students Daniel Brown, left, and Patrick Calvo are competing with other national semifinalists for 8,000 National Merit college scholarships worth more than $35 million.  Of 1.5 million students from 22,000 American high schools in the National Merit Scholarship Program, there are only 16,000 semifinalists.  The National Merit Scholarship Corp. is a nonprofit established in 1955, and its scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and more than 400 businesses and higher education institutions.