Clark A. Vaughn, a Madison Consolidated High School senior, has been named a semifinalist for a National Merit Scholarship. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists for the scholarship program. Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level. Requirements include sending in SAT scores and an endorsement by a high school official. Students also must submit an application that includes high school courses, grades, extracurricular and volunteer activities and an essay about themselves. According to a release by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, 90 percent of semifinalists are expected to advance to the finalist round. More than half of finalists will win a scholarship. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/