Grace Ferri of Saugus, a senior at Austin Preparatory School in Reading, is a semifinalist for the prestigious National Merit Scholarship.
Showing outstanding academic potential, Ferri qualified as one of only 16,000 semifinalists. Less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors become semifinalists.
Ferri, along with five of her Austin Prep classmates, qualified for the initial phase of the program in the spring. More than 1.5 million students across the country took the qualifying test.
She will learn in February whether she has advanced to the finalist level and a chance to earn one of the 8,300 National Merit Scholarships in 2014.