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National Merit begins its search with 60 from GCPS

GCPS recognizes 60 National Merit semifinalists

National Merit begins its search with 60 from GCPS

September 18, 2017

     The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has started its nationwide search for the students who will be named 2018 National Merit Scholars, winners of scholarships worth some $32 million that will be announced starting next spring. As part of this first step, 60 Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) seniors have been named 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists. The students from 12 Gwinnett high schools are part of approximately 16,000 top students from across the nation who will now compete for the official National Merit Scholar title and thousands of dollars in scholarships that are awarded annually to graduating seniors. 

     The 2018 National Merit Semifinalists from Gwinnett are:

Archer HS Grayson HS Norcross HS
Lucas R. Bumgamer Saket P. Shirsath Jakob A. Burns
Lois V. Williams Joanna J. Thomas Angela Lau
    Chloe D. Pak
    Matthew D. Sandry
    Riley K. Stark
Brookwood HS Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology North Gwinnett HS
Min-Seok Cho Hannah Ann Nolan L. Brown
Andrew N. Funston Neena R. Anthony Esther Choi
Hilary Hsieh Salome M. Birhanu Caitlyn A. Greene
Anna W. Hu Emma Q. Cooper Jenny Kang
Kaelyn S. Kim Micaiah Cowart Ahin Kim
Ruby C. Lee Iris A. Galfas Alvin K. Kim
  Nathaniel T. Gieseking Hongbum Kim
Central Gwinnett HS Frank Hu Allison H. Park
Andy T. Chea Jamil F. Kassam Abigail L. Pinkerton
  Celia Mathew Evan M. Roussey
Collins Hill HS Dhaivat M. Mehta  
Paul M. Matesevac Jayvon M. Nougaisse Parkview HS
Daniel S. Park David S. Pak Craig B. Burnett
Rubin Park Robert S. Payne Jeremy Levin
Sarah V. Tillman Abinay R. Routhu Windsor I. Xu
  Shruthi I. Santhanam Karen X. Ye
Dacula HS    
Mikayla G. Morgenroth    
Duluth HS Mill Creek HS Peachtree Ridge HS
Jackson R. Baird Joshua S. Hall Sumedh S. Garimella
Simon K. Chuang Garrett P. Lacina Terry Kang
Preethi Narayan Jason R. Russell Phillip B. Kim


     These 60 Gwinnett students, part of the Class 2018, were chosen for this competitive process based on their college entrance exam scores. They are competing with other semifinalists from around the nation for some 7,500 National Merit scholarships, worth more than $32 million.

     Approximately 1.6 million students in more than 22,000 high schools entered the competition last school year as juniors by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as the initial screening for program entrants. The semifinalists named in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program are the highest scoring entrants in each state.

     A 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. These academically talented students then compete to become finalists. That recognition is determined by looking at the student’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, and honors and
awards received. 

     The students will compete for three types of National Merit Scholarships to be awarded in the spring of 2018.



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