10 students from six South Bay high schools — most from the Peninsula — have received a competitive national scholarship this year.

The 10 high school seniors were among the 2,500 winners of the annual National Merit Scholarship competition. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the recipients on Wednesday, May 8.

They will each receive $2,500.

The recipients are:

  • James Chao and Tej Joshi, from Chadwick School in Rancho Palos Verdes
  • Serin Bok, Lauren Kong, Jennifer Terada and Robert Wakefield-Carl, from Palos Verdes Peninsula High School in Rolling Hills Estates
  • Youngeun Kim, from Palos Verdes High School in Palos Verdes Estates
  • Hannah Morrison, from Redondo Union High School
  • Ashley Chen and Jeffrey Chen, from South High School in Torrance

Besides those students, Sarah Fry, a senior at Los Angeles’ all-girls private school Marymount High School, also won a scholarship. Fry is a Redondo Beach resident.

This year, more than 1.6 million students entered the scholarship competition, which required taking the nonprofit’s qualifying test. The corporation used the results of that test and the students’ preliminary SAT scores to winnow them to more than 15,000 finalists nationwide.

The nonprofit then looked at each finalist’s academic record, contributions or leadership in school and the community, an essay, and a recommendation by a high school official to select the winners.

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