The National Merit Scholarship Corp. recently announced the students in the Class of 2016 who scored high enough on the PSAT last fall to make the semifinals of the scholarship competition.

The Weber School has one semifinalist, Jessica Bachner. About 90 percent of semifinalists will be named finalists, making them eligible for college scholarships.

Greg Shapiro and Abby Stein

Greg Shapiro and Abby Stein

Two other seniors, Lillian Brown and Zachary Chase, just missed the cutoff and were named National Merit commended students, meaning they finished in the top 5 percent among 1.5 million students nationwide who took the PSAT as juniors last year.

Atlanta Jewish Academy also has two commended students, Abby Stein and Greg Shapiro, who learned the news at an assembly called by Associate Head of School Paul Oberman.

“Both Greg and Abby have been outstanding leaders almost since they set foot on campus,” Oberman said. “Abby is the co-president of student council this year, and Greg also serves on student council as vice president and is a peer leader. Greg consciously set out to have a good relationship with the younger students, and they idolize him. Abby and her co-president developed the idea for our recent three-day Maccabiah, a color war event, and implemented the whole thing. Abby and Greg have schedules littered with AP courses and achieve at the highest level in all of their classes, both in general and Judaic studies.”