National Merit semifinalists are announced
As in previous years, Seattle's private Lakeside School and public Garfield High School led the Seattle area in the number of students named as semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship's prestigious scholarship program.
Lakeside had 30, followed by Garfield with 28. Redmond High School had 17 students named semifinalists.
Students qualified for the honor by scoring in the top 1 percent of high-school juniors in each state who took the preliminary SAT. Nationally, about 16,000 of the 1.3 million students taking the PSAT last year qualified as semifinalists.
To become finalists, the students must complete detailed scholarship applications, be recommended by their school principal and earn SAT scores that confirm their earlier test performance. About 8,000 seniors will be offered Merit Scholarship awards next spring.
Area semifinalists, by city, are:
Arlington High School: Kelsey Pince.
Auburn High School: James Oldham.
Thomas Jefferson High School: Eugene Chang.
Bainbridge High School: Nolan Amy, Schuyler Boone, Rebecca Ferrell, Gabriela McQuade.
Bellevue High School: Tyson Eberhardt, Caroline Leeds, David Ryan, Jie Tang.
Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart: Emily Abrash, Christine Deyo, Kellie Ferguson, Megan Hanley, Monica Tanner.
Newport High School: Clayton Chang, Andy Huang, Kristiane Koontz, Brynn MacCoy, Lev Navarre.
Robinswood High School: Leigh Golden.
Sammamish High School: Jin Cho, Stephen Mar.
Highline High School: Elizabeth Rorabaugh.
John F. Kennedy Memorial High School: Ronald Herr.
Cedarcrest High School: Sam Al-Khoury, Charles Long.
Everett High School: Andrew Carson.
Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy High School: Steve Alkire, Timothy Burke, John McDonnell.
Decatur High School: Kevin Liu.
Issaquah High School: Phillip Hue.
Inglemoor High School: Caley Anderson, Katherine Bayles, Christopher Blair, Elisabeth Calhoon, Jonathan Dethloff, Kevin Ewell, Benjamin Fidler, Chenxing Han, Ian Jacobs, Ashley Keilman, Bo Wang.
Kentridge High School: Nicola Derbyshire, Anthony Gibbon, Kara Jones, Timothy Schmidt, Julianne Stewart.
Christ Church Academy: Dustin Somers.
International Community School: Nikolas Sherrow-Groves, Allison Strother.
Juanita High School: Ray Linford, Jonathan Murray, Laura Rosen, Matthew Winkler.
Lake Stevens High School: Brad Granath.
Meadowdale High School: Laura Johnson, Patrick True.
Home-school: Sheila Jenne.
Mercer Island High School: Daniel Babinski, Caitlin Connolly, William Defliese, Matthew Gratt, Alexa Jay, Christopher Kemp, Kenneth Kuan, Christine Masuda, Madeline McKee, Hannah Newmark, Gregory Trowbridge, Kai Zhao.
Northwest Yeshiva High School: Sarah Medved.
Monroe High School: Patrick Gunning, Bethany Ojalehto.
Mountlake Terrace High School: Kevin McClain, Megan O'Donald.
Kamiak High School: Anne Czernek, Kristian Melby, Vanessa Pineros, Maxwell Rounds.
The Bear Creek School: Thomas Duffy, Chris Hammond, Sarah Switzer.
The Overlake School: Kaitlin Arena, Emily Butzi, David Eitelbach, Richard Fulton, Evan Sebenius, Shivani Srivastava, Cordelie Witt, Rachel Zeno.
Redmond High School: Nikolay Blajev, Clara Cantor, Yewleh Chee, Jennifer Cushing, Tammy Guo, Emily Hu, Thomas Lee, Graham Macaree, Cian Malone, Emmett Nicholas, David Palmiter, Benjamin Slade, Jennifer Sovey, Jeffrey Staples, Ram "Nick" Talwar, Jennifer Wilson, Ernest Yang.
Oliver M. Hazen High School: Shana Straub, Krista Weiss, Amy Withers.
Charles A. Lindbergh High School: Brittany Ford.
Eastlake High School: Michael Skinner, Sarah Washburn.
Skyline High School: Erin Flanagin, Joel Park.
Ballard High School: Christopher Lukes, Nathanael Van Duzer.
Bishop Blanchet High School: Luke Decker, Paul Reeves, Jessica Smith, Kelly Treder.
Bush School: Aaron Otto.
James A. Garfield High School: Alexander Basl, Luca Carrico, Roxanne Coss, Oliver Crane, Nils Enevoldsen, Ethan Folk, Adriane Fresh, Will Garrity-Binger, Philip Goldfarb, Miriam Hinman, Justin Kerr, Elaine Mehary, Christy Mooers, William Mortensen, Christopher Pleasants, Anthony Poon, Leah Rapalee, Jacob Reynolds, Jay Schulkin, Jessica Scruggs, Mary Simpson-Stanton, Sarah-Yukiye Tachibana, Alix Toothman, Mary Vaughan, Benjamin White, Daniel Wong, Mary Zatochill, Jennifer Zhang.
Holy Names Academy: Hilary Dobel, Caitlin Goodrich, Margaret Martin, Stephanie Ortman, Maria Yousoufian.
Home-school: Sonya Hetrick.
Kings High School: Nathaniel Lanasa, Brian Medema, John Oh.
Lakeside School: Devin Beecher, Andrew Bench, Laura Chirot, Shannon Donegan, William Echols, Kevin Kimura, Case Kiyonaga, Alan Kwan, Christen Lemon, Morgen Leonard-Fleckman, Neta Levanon, Ryan McCullough, Cameron Mease, Lindsey Merrihew, Philip Narodick, Josha Nathan, Jessica Nepom, Daniel Otero, Henry Pedersen, Rachel Popkin, Alex Robertson, Victoria Shum, David O. Smith, Brewster Stanislaw, Leah Staub-DeLong, Paul Strombom, Rachel Valentine, Claire Watt, Jenny Weissbourd, Eugene Yi.
The Northwest School: Melissa Kline, Joel Putnam, Jacob Sweeney-Samuelson.
Nova Project: Rebecca Parker.
Roosevelt High School: Yijia Gu, Margaret Hess, Antonia Kam.
Seattle Preparatory School: Duncan Bourgoin, David German, Ayaka Iwata, James Lamb, Kevin Lennil, Pilar Ochi, Katrina Ann Perez, Mazohra Thami, Vanna Waldron.
University Preparatory Academy: Jai Salzwedel, Benjamin Scandella, Phillip Shaw.
Shorecrest High School: Dustin Cho, Brian Earp, Spencer Easton.
Shoreline Christian High School: Kimberly Deelstra.
Shorewood High School: Jeff Echert, Christine Fimia-Moe, Jessica Gauthier, Vincent Ma, Erika Novstrup, Zachary Piper.
Vashon Island High School: Kristen Kozak.
Woodinville High School: Taryn Gilbert, Diana Husmann, Isaac Nelson-King, Stephen Timm.
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