The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently selected its high school senior semi finalists. The 15,000 semifinalist represent the top half of one percent of the nation's high school senior classes.

Over one million students enrolled in appoximately 18,000 secondary schools nationwide entered the 1981 Merit Program by taking the PSAT/NMSQT in 1979, when most were juniors. The semifinalists will be identified to colleges and universities to increase their chances of admission. i

The semifinalists must go through an additional selection process, after which approximately 14,000 finalists will be notified next February that they are competing for about 4,500 Merit Scholarships to be awarded next spring.

The following lists the semifinalist in Northern Virginia.

Alexandria: Thomas A. Edison High School, Stephen R. Fallert, Tim C. Opler and Albert J. Weisel; Espiscopal High School, Bradley R. Fox, Richard L. Mack, Michael K. Osborn and Walter B. Rand; Fort Hunt High School, Jay M. Atkinson, Walter S. Dillard, Joseph H. Dzikiewicz, Christopher B. Gordon, Susan J. Heil, Carol L. Hopkins, Carol L. Kresge, Susan L. Miley, Wendeline A. Price, Steven L. Rugari, Douglas D. Smith, Mark S. Vandersluis, Elisabeth A. Viar and Andrew J. Zabych; Groveton High School, David S. Keir, David M. Rosenfeld and Brook R. Sullivan; Hayfield Secondary School, Christopher David Cotts; Bishop Ireton High School, David W. Gifford and Patrick H. Mooney; Thomas Jefferson High School, Leona M. Glowicz, Mary C. Hegerick and Steve Vejcik; Mount vernon High School, Dennis D. Lee, Jason P. Long, Kenneth P. McDonnell, and Donna C. Wood; St. Agnes School for Girls, Alexandria M. Bezjian, Heather J. Gillinson and Holly C. Gilmore; St. Stephen's Episcopal School, Peter W. Hallinan; T.C. Williams High School, Meredith L. Meade, James P. Rothberg and Kendra C. Taylor. Annandale: Annandale High School, Keith C. Ivey, Sigrid A. Larson, Samuel M. Platt and Matthew W. Stewart; J.E.B. Stuart High School, Melanie L. Adams, Hillary E. Hess, Daniel Joy, Philip M. Mahin and Thomas A. Stahl. Arlington: Bishop O'Connell High School, Colleen A. Bowers, Steven J. Duesterhaus, John D. Keating, Patrick N. Lacey, Joseph T. Lurito, Kevin McAlevy, Chip J. Shaw and Mark A. Worris; Wakefield High School, Sara K. Miron and William H. Peters; Washington Lee School, Tamara L. Cohen, Ann E. Fornaro, Mark F. Madrey, Mary V. Moore, Douglas A. Mudd, Mark E. Muir, Kathleen K. Olson, Pamela G. Quanrud, Thomas J. Rettie, Cynthia A. Terry and Robert N. Zaza; The H.B. Woodlawn Program, Melissa A. Holloway and John G. Moran; Yorktown High School, Angela L. Bottum, Peter E. gimlin, David R. Kelly, Michael F. Kucherov, Carlyn M. Lowery, John P. Pomeranz, Frederick F. Robbins, Virginia A. Sills, Robert C. Wages and Caroline A. Wilkins. Burke: Lake Braddock Secondary School, Jean E. Bishop, Patrick S. Broos, Nicholas J. Episcopo, Thomas G. Hanlin, Douglas C. Hill, Jonathan S. Massey, Cynthia B. Paschal, Marc A. Quattromani, Robert M. Robinson, Tammy L. Seltzer, Philip C. mSessoms, Maria A. Stamoulas, Todd T. Treichel and Edward M. VanderHoeven. Fairfax: Fairfax High School, Emily R. Glidden, Jane E. Hodges, Suzanne C. Shambaugh and Alexander C. turner; J.w. Robinson Secondary School, David C. Baker, Hugh L. Brunk, John P. Gerhart, John M. Pulju and Rebecca L. Rountree; W.T. Woodson High School, Steven C. Anderson, Bjorn A. Bennett, Jeffrey S. Bostak, Joyce L. Bryson, James B. Green, Wendy J. Lang, John H. Suchy. Falls Church: Falls Church High School, Ann Cavazos, Douglas M. Chapin and Donald S. Mathews; George G. Marshall High School, Michael P. Cody, Julia L. Crutchfield, Sarah H. Goss, Neeraja C. Rao and Laura E. Venable. Fredericksburg: James Monroe High School, Donald C. Glover and Carl R. Schmidt. Front Royal: Warren County High School, Wayne W. Williams. Herndon: Herndon High School, Cliff A. Joslyn, Selina R. Kell and Kimberly A. Rhodes. Leesburg: Loudoun County High School, Geoffrey L. Silberman. Manassas: Jackson Senior High School, Pete D. Miller and Craig M. Stephens; Osborn Park High School, William T. Bogart. McLean: Langley High School, John D. Caine, Lynn E. Caley, Steven C. Cox, Henry Chris Frey, Andrew Frye, Robert L. Givan, Stuart Glennna, Erica Hollywood, Catherine A. Jacobs, Lucy P. Johnston, James G. Lazar, Moira A. Rafferty, Emily C. Sato, Teresa A. Sparks, Ian K. Sweedler, Barry J. Varela, Martha C. Wright and Christopher Martin Yeilman; McLean High School, Jill o. Acree, Alan F. Enzer, Gregory C. Fu, Eric D. Peterson, Anthony C. Rojko, Ann M. Starrs and Kenneth P. Stern. Reston: Southlakes High School, Stpehen A. Bloch, Patricia E. Gould, Beth B. Hogans, Robert F. MacDonald, Robert D. Richie, Theodore R. Stevens and Craig S. Wong. Springfield: Robert E. Lee High School, Patricia M. Anderson, David P. Barrick, Scott M. Causbie, William M. pDavenport, David W. Foutch, Christopher Sean Madden, Christina L. Miller and William H. Strong; West Springfield High School, Carl J. Andreen, Louis P. Bayard, Carol A. Connolly, Wendy Cope, William R. Hubbard, Robert G. Kester, Robin L. Marlor, Elizabeth H. Parker, Michael A. Stoessl, Carl E. Tallis and Margaret M. Willingham. Sterling: Park View High School, H. Shelby Quails and Rodney D. Quails. Vienna: James Madison High School, James W. Brennan, James Capra, James V. Carr, Costa M. Colbert, Robert C. Davidson, Jeffrey R. Guerber, Janet S. Kirby, Marc E. Rouleau, Elizabeth E. Utz and Anastasia K. Wright; Oakton High School, Kathleen A. Elder, Brenda J. Goodwin, Timothy A. Johnson, Stuart Kendrick, Yoon-Young Lee, Michael D. Maret, Gregory A. Norris and Linda A. Wunderlich; Tara Christian School, Beverly S. Johnson. Woodbridge: Gar-Field High School, Michael A. Martin and Lisa P. Vervena; Woodbridge Senior High School, Karen F. Lacy and Carissa M. Smith.