Fifty-six seniors from six different HISD high schools are among the semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship program. These students will have the opportunity to compete for more than 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.
“The National Merit Scholarship Program has a long tradition of excellence,” said HISD Superintendent Terry Grier. “We are extremely proud of these students being recognized nationally for their academic achievements. Their accomplishments are a testament to their dedication and hard work.”
To be considered for this scholarship program, about 1.5 million high school juniors took the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, about 16,000 students, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.
To become a finalist, the semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.
The selected semifinalist students are from the following HISD high schools: Bellaire High School, Carnegie Vanguard High School, DeBakey High School for Health Professions, the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Lamar High School, and Westside High School.
The 2013 National Merit Scholarship Winners will be announced starting in April 2013.
National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
Bellaire High School
Andrew M. Alter Anneliese M. Gest
Lindsey D. Alter Sarah K. Godwin
Halla Bearden Carrie X. Jiang
Christina M. Breitbeil Vivek Kantamani
Kevin Chen Zara Khan
Blaine A. Cole Joseph C. Lau
Andrei V. Didenko Kirby J. Ledvina
Xinghua Dou Benjamin Liu
Molly G. Dyer Jacqueline H. Luo
Peter O. Elmers Aaron J. Mao
Katherine Fang Helen S. Mazella
Alexander Franshaw Alexander L. Mo
Garland R. Gay Adarsh Nednur
Willis Nguy Yulan L. Shih
Amanda K. Pevehouse Jun Ling Tao
Holly S. Reichert Edward D. Yun
Diana T. Ruan
Carnegie Vanguard High School
Kiera M. Brown William J. Larsen
Sam M. Dietrich Jonathan E. Vincent
DeBakey High School for Health Professions
Shannon E. Ahmed Tariq A. Patanam
Mohammad F. Bilal Tiffany Pham
Anchit R. Khanna Smruti Rath
Jeremiah M. Lee Kristen L. Thompson
Nathalie C. Meremikwu Serene R. Yu
High School for the Performing and Visual Arts
Josef M. Lamell Palmer L. Mills
Auburn H. Lee Jyron Walls
Lamar High School
Ashley Alcantara Angela Chang
Westside High School
Konstantinos K. Varvarezos