Five students at Signal Mountain High School have been named National Merit Semifinalists, which means they now have the opportunity to be included among the elite group of National Merit Scholars.
Being a National Merit Semifinalist means the students are among the top 1 percent of the 1.5 million juniors who took the PSAT last year.
All five students said they did nothing special to study for the PSAT, and all said they are waiting for scholarship offers before deciding on their plans for college.
John-Frank Strength said he has been thinking about the University of Alabama, where he would like to study electrical engineering.
Shehan McFadden, who would like to study anthropology, said her top choices are Brown University, University of Chicago or Reed College in Portland, Ore.
Washington, D.C., is the college destination of choice for Kylila Tucker, who is considering Georgetown University, George Washington University and American University.
"I'm looking to study international relations and go into politics, and D.C. is a hub for that sort of thing," she said.
Davis Brock said he has no idea where his future will lead him, but wherever he ends up, he plans to study biology and public health.
"I have a very long list of schools, and I've visited about half of them," he said.
The University of Chicago is Taylor Lapinski's top choice, and she plans to study psychiatry.
The students will find out in March if they are National Merit Scholarship recipients.
Several Signal Mountain residents who attend area private schools were also named National Merit Semifinalists: Sophia Conwell and Meghan Ray at Baylor, Matt McCall and Philip Zeiser at McCallie and Megan Rohn and Lucy Whitfield at GPS.