Editor's Note: The following is a press release from the Lake Washington School District.
Redmond, Wash. – As announced by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), 27 Lake Washington School District (LWSD) high school seniors qualified as semifinalists in the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
A total of 16,000 academically talented high school seniors nationwide have qualified. These students will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,400 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $32 million, that will be offered next spring.
Students qualified for these awards by completing the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.
Redmond High School had the highest number of recipients in the district, with 16 students named as semifinalists.
Lake Washington School District National Merit Semifinalists:
Eastlake High School, Sammamish: Rachel Ainslie (Redmond), Felipe Concha, Andrew Garland, Ajay Palekar
, Kirkland: Amanda Collyer (Woodinville), Priya Ganesan (Redmond), Yena Han (Kirkland), Amanda Lin (Redmond), Smrithi Sukumar (Sammamish)
, Kirkland: Gabrielle Hsu
, Kirkland: Katherine Roberts
Redmond High School, Redmond: Isabella Brown, Aron Daw, Olivia Dietz, Meg Holtzinger, Samvit Jain (Sammamish), Jennie Kim, Ashley Martinez, Arthi Narayanan, Frank Qu (Sammamish), Ishan Ranade, Alexander Ronneburg (Sammamish), Karl Ronneburg (Sammamish), Kanupria Sanu , Vita Shubin, Daniel Wang (Kirkland), Joshua Ye (Sammamish)
Note: students are residents of the city in which the high school is located unless otherwise indicated.