The National Merit Scholarship program has released the names of this year’s semifinalists who are eligible to compete for big academic scholarships next spring.
For the third year in a row, Bellevue’s Interlake High School had the most National Merit Scholarship program semifinalists of any school in the state, with 27 students who will compete for academic scholarships next spring.
Skyline High School in Sammamish was second, with 18 semifinalists, followed by Seattle’s Lakeside School, with 16.
The state’s semifinalists had the highest scores on the 2016 PSAT, which 1.6 million juniors took this past year. Each state’s number of semifinalists is proportional to the state’s percentage of the graduating seniors from across the nation.
To become a finalist, students must submit a detailed scholarship application that includes academic transcripts, an essay and a letter of recommendation. About 90 percent of semifinalists advance to the finalist level. About half the finalists win a National Merit Scholarship.
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Here are the semifinalists from local schools, by city:
Homeschool — Swofford, Katherine
Bellevue High School — Bahn, Anthony; Dai, Julia; Fan, Sarah; Girnus, Clare; Huang, Emily; Lin, Jeffrey; Ma, Kevin; Shao, Nathan; Song, Henry; Yang, Heesoo; Zhao, Samuel
Interlake High School — Bentley, Stephanie; Cao, Lilly; Dong, Richard; Guo, Tina; Huang, Christopher; Jiang, Peishan; Joy, Diya; Lee, Hyunjae; Li, Alexander; Li, Jenny; Liang, Jessica; Liu, Eric; Liu, Richard; Muntianu, Tudor; Rosenwald, Bryce; Roy Choudhury, Ritika; Sitomer, Niharika; Srikanth, Kavya; Trivedi, Aramya; Verma, Saijel; Wang, Grayson; Wijeratna, Aishanee; Wong, Austin; Yang, Michael; Yun, Sterling; Zhi, Sophia; Zou, Grace
Newport High School — Guo, Jimmy; Huang, Michael; Kim, Sooji; Lee, Peyton; Lim, Anne; Liu, Autumn; Mach, Yoeur-Man; Ouyang, James; Tsai, Valerie; Yang, Jay; Yang, Yerin; Zhao, Ivan
Sammamish High School — Ka, Taylor; Kuntz, Jonathan; Li, Tina; Shi, Megan; Tsai, Jeremy
Bothell High School — Dowling, Kyrie; Gill, Vikram; Packer, Maxwell; Thomas, Clayton
Providence Classical Christian School — Brokaw, Jeannine
Woodinville Montessori School — Chutani, Anisha
John F. Kennedy Catholic High School — Colgan, Samuel
Kentwood High School — Watson, Stephen
Mount Rainier High School — Le, Vy
Cedarcrest High School — Marshall, Cayley
Issaquah High School — Fulford, Ruby; Heyrich, Abigail; Hong, Brian; Hwang, Erica; Jung, Jun Yong; Kiesewetter, Maria; Kim, Emily; Kim, Isaiah; Lee, Preston; Williams, Grant
Inglemoor High School — Agate, Kaylea; Cao, Jerry; Colberg, Brennan; Fraser-Koehler, Emma; Geier, Sebrena-Emira; Haining, Kyle; Hendry, Surya; Holt, Maya; Huang, Ethan; Lee, Seung Yeon; Lin, Noah; Nguyen, Andrew; Wu, Victor; Zhou, Alexander
Eastside Preparatory School — Medway, Drew; Newell, Christopher; Ryan, Alexandra Christine; Schreiber, Ethan L.
International Community School — Ayad, Nour El-Din; Schwartz, Yaniv; Sun, Michael; Zhu, Daniel
Juanita High School — Liu, Arthur; Mehrvarzan, Shawdi
Lake Washington High School — Dorsey, Samuel; Mickelson, Zachary; Um, Michelle
Mercer Island High School — Dickstein, Alison; Dobson, Aidan; Guo, Joy; Hildebrandt, Donald; Ho, Jon; Hugunin, Mithril; McCann, Fiona; Schmidt-Warnecke, Christoph; Wang, Kenneth; Zou, Jasmine
Henry M. Jackson High School — Teoh, Justine
Monroe High School — Boulter, Mitchell A.
Kamiak High School — Ong, Alexander; Tran-Pearson, Adrienna
Puyallup High School — Flury, Andrew; Van Bergeyk, Emily
Governor John R. Rogers High School — Critchfield, Braden
The Overlake School — Anikeeva, Nina; Armanasu, Martin; Jha, Rishi; Wan, Cassandra; Yeh, Catherine
Redmond High School — Chen, August; Christensen, Trevor; Ganz, Keenan; Hwang, Sophia; Jiang, Lucy A.; Li, Kathleen; Liu, Daniel; Meduri, Rohin; Qian, Virginia; Raffman, Emma; Wang, Anna
Nikola Tesla STEM High School — Cheng, Jeffrey; Goto, Christina; Hakim, Rashida; Kendal-Freedman, Natali; Kulkarni, Prerana; Lee, Anne; Nagvekar, Neha; Nain, Parth; Phadnis, Vaishnavi; Qin, Frederick; Sridhar, Suchi; Sudzilouski, Yury; Vasyura, Anna; Yue, Brandon
Hazen High School — Hartley, Sarah
Liberty High School — Christopherson, Siri; Tuttle, Christina; Wick, William
Charles A. Lindbergh High School — Mauery, Ryan G.
Eastlake High School — Birchfield, Abel; Parimi, Divya; Raggi, Clara; Van Nortwick, Maggie
Eastside Catholic High School — Didcock, Lillian; Gilani, Serena
Homeschool — Bleisch, Abigail
Skyline High School — Agarwal, Anjali; Alexander, Kevin; Beirer, Nicola; Cheng, Jasmine; Frazier, Brendan; Kaza, Sai Nischal; Kurpad, Shriya; Liao, Misty; Liu, Kaichen; Narayan, Gautam; Parasurama, Sriram; Qiang, Daniel; Rajavel, Maya; Ranganathan, Amartya; Tang, Christopher; Wan, Daniel; Wang, Kevin; Yu, Benjamin
Bishop Blanchet High School — Broom, Matthew
The Bush School — Medina, Noah
Center School — Viola, Allegra
Garfield High School — Reid, Nathaniel; Scully, Kathleen; Simpkins, Brian; Veach, Nigel
Ingraham High School — Grim, Clara; Keyes, Tegan; Ovens, Colin; Zhou, Iris
Lakeside School — Burbage, Madeline; Chen, Andrew; Costa, Caio; Dwivedi, Uma; Friedman, Katherine; Hugh, Grant; Lau, Rachel; Lavery, Iman; Nghiem, Alexander; Paulsen, Kaitlyn; Ragen, William; Sanders, Justin; Turner, Jensen; Weed, Jasper; Wei, Austin; Zhang, Cheyenne
The Northwest School — D’Angeli-Brogan, Linus
Seattle Preparatory School — Cantrell, Ethan; Whitman, Noelle
Transition School and Early Entrace Program — Ault-McCoy, Dathan; Denq, Darren; Gnanapragasam, Logan; Xu, Amy
University Preparatory Academy — Rana, Isabella
Shorecrest High School — Gresch, Shelby
Shorewood High School — Deobald, Leah; Rouse, Madeline; Shapiro, Alexander; Zhou, Julie
Glacier Peak High School — Jorgensen, Freja; Surkov, Alexander;
Homeschool — Ross, Timothy
Stanwood High School — Grierson, Hannah; Johnson, Joshua R.
Raisbeck Aviation High School — Stukel, Caitlin; Wang, Timothy
Vashon Island High School — Chowning, Samuel
Woodinville High School — Fung, Ashley; Klingman, Charles; Marie-Rose, Madeleine; McNally, Angelus; Rankich, Savannah; Shin, Leonard; Turner, Madeline E.