Oregon High School seniors Julie Bull and Marissa Zintel were named finalists for the National Merit Scholarship earlier this month. Scholarship winners will be chosen later this spring.

They are among 15,000 high school students nationally identified through the PSAT/SAT as well as their “achievements in rigorous academic coursework,” according to a news release from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

OHS principal Jim Pliner called the two “the epitome of well-rounded and involved students, and said they both carry a “heavy” load of advanced placement (AP) courses in math, science, languages and in music, as well as a variety of extracurricular activities.

“Julie is in Math Club, Science Olympiad and runs on the varsity cross country team (and) Marissa is a peer tutor, is involved in a Biotech Apprenticeship and is also on the Science Olympiad,” he wrote the Observer in an email. “Marissa also has been involved in assisting students in the RCI orchestra classes (and) hopes to be a music teacher someday.

“We’re proud of them both.”

Email Unified Newspaper Group reporter Scott De Laruelle at scott.delaruelle@wcinet.com.