A total of 254 students from 19 high schools have been named semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corp., an all-time high for Fairfax County Public Schools.
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology accounted for 159 of the semifinalists.
All semifinalists are eligible to compete for 7,500 National Merit scholarships worth $31 million, to be awarded in the spring of 2019.
National Merit Semifinalists from students in the Sun Gazette coverage area include:
– Langley High School: Michelle Ascrizzi, John Beckner, Elizabeth Gersony, Camden Hao, Rachel Keiser, Ethan Lu, Helena Lu, Marisa Mihori, Dan Ni, Reva Siva and Eileen Wen.
– James Madison High School: Christian Aliferis, Anthony Arnolie, Samuel Cohen, Sarah Conforti, Devan Fink, Michael Helmicki, Jeffrey Huang, Yijia Liu, Cassidy McKee, Alicia Pan, Elizabeth Press and Sky Zoom.
– George C. Marshall High School: Caroline Buttz, Grace Grossmann, Madeleine Kienzle and Sarah Tadlock.
– McLean High School: Grace Chung, Helen Ganley, Caroline Howley, Maren Kranking, Veronica Lang, Anna Nguyen, Isabella Swigart, Krisen Waagner, Nathaniel Wyerman and Alexander Yu.
– Oakton High School: Hongze Chen, Emily Fang, Jonathan Guo, Sayrin Kang, Andrew Li, Justin Li, Megan Liu, Carolyn Qu, David Siamon, Alex Wang and Catherine Xiang.
– Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology: Prabhat Adusumalli, Alexander Ahn, Sriram Amirneni, Nishanth Anand, Adam Ardeishar, Ruben Ascoli, Varshini Babu, Shresta Bangaru, Abhishek Bazaz, Madeleine Beauvais, Om Bhavsar, Christopher Bi, Fiona Carcani, Danielle Castro, Anjalika Chalamgari, Jai Chawlan, Edward Chen, Ellen Chen, Matthew Chen, Yukta Chidanandan, Anvitha Chimata, Utkarsh Chirimar, MiJin Cho, Seon Woo Cho, Junhyun Chong, Kazuya Chue, Brenna Courtney, Neha Damaraju, Otilia Danalache, Sukriti Dhingra, Timothy Duong, Jack Duvall, Claire Fan, Alice Fontaine, Eric Gan, Geetanjali Gandhe, Shivam Gandhi, Kiran Ganeshan, Mariko Gardiner, Larry Geng, Amrit Gorle, Ishika Govil, Robert Greene, Charles Gunn, Artharv Gupta, Olympia Hatzilambrou, Walker Haynes, Clare Heinbaugh, Noah Holloway, Anica Huang, Daniel Huffman, Alexandra Hummel, Sebastian Ibarraran, Anupama Jayaraman, Eugene Jeong, Caroline Jin, Shehjar Kachru, Ratan Kaliani, Alexander Kao-Sowa, Eli Kaufman, Liana Keesing, Rayyan Khan, Raghav Khator, Andrew Kim, Irene Kim, Maven Kim, Mina Kim, Ryan Kim, Zachary Kirchner, Adityasai Koneru, Rishabh Krishnan, Vibhu Kundeti, Isha Kunnath, Calvin Kuo, Kevin Liang, Vivian Lin, Elizabeth Ling, Eliot Liu, Jack Liu, Jerry Liu, Jocelyn Liu, Evan London, Calder Lowenthal, Richard Lun, Brian Luong, Vikrant Magadi, Vikrant Mahajan, Meghana Malyala, Christian McMillin, Mahesh Menon, Nandhana Nair, Yu Nakamura, Alyssa Nash, Lance Nguyen, Vi Nugyen, Derek Ni, Shruthi Nyshadham, Madeline Old, Elise Ong, Mahima Pannala, Maguire Papay, Paribartan Parajuli, Kavya Parekh, William Pemble, Sophia Pentakalos, Ethan Phillips, Thomas Porter, Siona Prasad, Jennifer Pruitt, Young Qi, Lilia Qian, Liam Rathke, Esha Saini, Parvesh Samayamanthula, Bejoy Sen, Luc Sequeira, Rahil Shah, Yash Shekar, Evan Shi, Rishi Shyamala, Angie Sohn, Bindu Srinivasa, Eric Sun, George Sun, Sylesh Suresh, Nidhi Talasani, George Tang, Samira Tavassoli, Anna Thamasett, Athilesh Thanigai, Erick Tian, Edward Tong, Isaiah Turner, Sitara Uppalapati, Sebastian Vander Ploeg Fallon, Aaraj Vij, Shreya Vinjamuri, Shawin Vitsupakorn, Charles Wang, Kevin Wang, Richard Wang, Thea Wang, Daniel Wisdom, Erica Wu, Wenbo Wu, Serena Xia, Emily Xiong, Anna Xu, Benjamin Xu, Hanna Xu, Samantha Yap, Michael Yohannes, Haoxuan Yu, Christopher Yuan, Demian Yutin, Arnold Zhang, Fred Zhang, Andrew Zhao and Julia Zhou.
Approximately 16,000 high-school seniors nationally were named National Merit semifinalists for 2019. More than 1.6 million juniors entered the program by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which serves as the 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. The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.