Calallen High School senior Joshua D. Vernon has been named a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

In September, the National Merit Scholarship Corp. named 16,000 semifinalists. That group was reduced to more than 15,000 finalists.

All finalists will be considered for National Merit Scholarships to be offered in 2008.

The NMSC will select about 8,200 Merit Scholarship winners from the group of finalists in March and begin mailing scholarship offers to the winners.