BTW, from my daughter's high school website moments ago:
2014 National Merit Scholarship Program
LACES has 22 students who have qualified for the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.
With a Selection Index score of 203 or above, LACES had 22 students qualify for the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. Each of these students is among the 50,000 highest scoring participants of some 1.5 million students who took the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Program.
Of the more than 50,000 high scorers nationwide, about 16,000 will be named national Merit Program Semifinalists, representing the top scorers in each state, and approximately 34,000 others will be commended for their performance of the PSAT/NMSQT. Semifinalists and Commended Students will learn of their standing in September. Semifinalists will be the only students who will have an opportunity to continue in the competition for about 8,300 National merit Scholarships to be offered in 2014.
Happy to say my daughter is among the 22 (out of 220 or so juniors at our LAUSD public school), and is safely a NMSF with a 231 PSAT score