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Homebrewers wanted for Oktoberfest competition

Homebrewers wanted for Oktoberfest competition

Braumeister Competition

Organizers of this year’s Oktoberfest, set for Oct. 21-22 in downtown Campbell, are looking for a few good homebrewers—20, actually—to submit their Oktoberfest-style Marzen beer for judging by Dan Gordon of Gordon Biersch Brewing Company and Sal Pizzaro of the San Jose Mercury News.

The top three winners will be announced Saturday, Oct. 21, in the festival’s Biersch Garten tent and will be awarded medals and bragging rights. The first-place winner will also receive an authentic Oktoberfest glass boot.

Applications are due by Oct. 6 and can be found at https://campbelloktoberfest.com/biersch-garten.

National Merit semifinalists

Westmont High School students Lisa C. Ido and Akilesh Subramaniam are among nearly 1,140 Bay Area students named as semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program, a countrywide competition among high school seniors. These students are among 16,000 semifinalists across the country — less than 1% of the nation’s high school seniors — who will now be considered for about 7,140 scholarships worth nearly $28 million next spring.

It’s the third-to-last step in the process. About 95% of semifinalists are expected to be named finalists, and approximately half of those finalists will earn a scholarship. Over 1.3 million high school juniors in 21,000 high schools entered the competition through the 2022 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, or PSAT, which serves as the initial screening of program entrants. The semifinalists announced this week include the highest-scoring students in each state.