ST. TAMMANY PARISH HIGH SCHOOLS: Nine high school seniors from St. Tammany Parish public schools have been chosen as finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which serves as an initial screening of more than 1.5 million entrants each year. Of these, about 50,000 students with the highest scores qualify for recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Of those, there are about 8,000 finalists, chosen on the basis of their SAT score, GPA, an essay and their extracurricular activities.

Finalists from Mandeville High School are Christopher J. Klein, Ana K. Owen and Corey P. St. Romain. Finalists from Fontainebleau High School are Louis T. Bubrig, Rachel M. Campbell and Sara E. Pohlman. Michelle M. DeGeorge from Lakeshore High School is a finalist, as are Andrew R. Bennett and Alexander M. Lew from Northshore High.

LOUISIANA SCHOOL FOR MATH, SCIENCE, ARTS: Sundar Pandian, of Mandeville, is one of four seniors from the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts in Natchitoches who are finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

To become a finalist, these students and their high school submitted a detailed scholarship application, in which they provided information about their academic records; participation in school and community activities; employment; honors and awards received; and demonstrated leadership abilities. Nationwide, there are about 15,000 National Merit finalists.