WHITTIER — Whittier Christian High student Denise Shrout is among 16,000 students named as semifinalists in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. As a semifinalist, Shrout will continue to compete for more than 8,000 Merit Scholarship awards. More than 1.3 million juniors in thousands of high schools nationwide entered the merit program by taking the 2004 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Semifinalists are the highest-scoring entrants in each state. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week To become a finalist, semifinalists must have an outstanding high school academic record, be endorsed and recommended by the school principal and earn SAT scores that confirm their high scores on the PSAT. VFW post offers essay competition LA MIRADA — The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7734 and its Ladies Auxiliary are seeking high-schoolers to participate in its annual Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition. The audio-essay competition is open to students in ninth through 12th grades. Participants will write, then record, a three- to five-minute audio-essay on this year’s theme, “How I Demonstrate My Freedom.” Winners could be eligible to win thousands of dollars in scholarships, a trip to Washington, D.C., and dozens of other awards. For more information or application details, call (562) 942-1057. Whittier club offers after-school program WHITTIER — The Boys & Girls Club of Whittier offers programs and activities for youths 7 to 17 during after-school hours. Trained staff can provide homework help, arts and crafts activities, fitness and dance classes, reading activities, career preparation workshops for teens, daily tournaments, contests, sports programs and educational-based computer activities. The club is open from 2:30 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. There are also extended hours for students 13 to 17 Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The annual membership fee is $15; for more information, call (562) 698-8630. OWL Program to host annual walk-a-thon NORWALK –Cerritos College’s Older Wiser Learner Program will host its third annual Founders’ House of Hope Walk-a-Thon at 9 a.m. Nov. 19 at El Dorado Regional Park, 7550 E. Spring St., Long Beach. Participants gather sponsors to support their distance walked during the timed event. Donations support residents of the Founders’ House of Hope in Artesia, which deals with chronic mental illness. Donations will help with psychosocial rehabilitation services and supplies for the residents’ creative expression classes, offered through the OWL program in the Adult Education & Diversity Programs at Cerritos College. Donations from the first year’s walk amounted to more than $5,000, while last year’s totaled more than $7,000. Donors will also receive complimentary items according to the amount donated. For more information, call Sally Greer at (562) 860-2451 ext. 2517. If you have an event or notice deserving attention, write us! Send your notice to Tracy Garcia, education reporter, at 7612 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier, CA 90602. Call the office at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051, or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!