THE FOLLOWING students were named semifinalists in the 57th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

The high school seniors will now compete for 8,300 scholarships worth more than $34 million that will be offered next spring.

Students named as semifinalists include: Andrew Warren and Hannah Wright, Brunswick High School; Ethan Dininno, John Harrison, Julia Hintlian, Gregory Howard, William McCarthy, Maggie Rabasca and Charlotte Rutty, Cape Elizabeth High School; James Currie, Anna Dedon, Gregory Ferland and Ian Philbrick, Greely High School in Cumberland; Timothy Follo, Lee Larson and Conor McGrory from Falmouth High School.

Sarah Pier, Freeport High School; Grace Eaton, home-schooled in Gorham; William Bonney, Christopher Dunn and Silas Phipps-Costin, Kennebunk High School; Scott Potter, Cheverus High School in Portland; Ellen Jewett, Portland High School; Chris Burke and Max Loeffler, students at Waynflete School in Portland.

Alexander Henny, Samuel Moore and Susan Rundell, Scarborough High School; Catherine Pouliot, Marshwood High School in South Berwick; Jesse Mills and Michael Valente, Wells High School; Mateusz Tasarz and Brian Trelegan, North Yarmouth Academy in Yarmouth; Susannah Daggett, Amelia Gallay and Dinah King, Yarmouth High School; and Noah Rickerich and Alana Thyng, York High School.


SEXUAL ASSAULT Response Services of Southern Maine is looking for volunteers to train as advocates for its 24-hour crisis and support line.

Applications are now being taken for a free training session, which is held on Monday and Wednesday nights from 6 to 9 p.m. from Oct. 5 to Nov. 2. There will be two Saturday sessions from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 15 and Oct. 29.

Volunteer advocates work from home, choose their shifts, and do not need any experience. For more information, call 828-1035.


BISSON MOVING & Storage Co. recently delivered 794 pounds of donated food to the Good Shepherd Food Bank as part of its partnership in the Move for Hunger program.

Since March, Bisson has collected and delivered more than 2,200 pounds of donated food, the equivalent of nearly 1,700 meals, to the food bank.