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National Merit begins its search with 64 from GCPS

64 GCPS students recognized by National Merit

National Merit begins its search with 64 from GCPS

September 12, 2018

     The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has started its nationwide search for the students who will be named 2019 National Merit Scholars, winners of scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be announced starting next spring. As part of this first step, 60+ Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) seniors have been named 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists. The students from 14 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 2019 Gwinnett National Merit Semifinalists are:

Archer HS
Sela G. Redford

Lanier HS
Fiona C. Jones 

Brookwood HS
Aashay H. Amin 
Lawrence J. Bradley 
Brian R. Compau 
Thi H. Dao 
Sara Delawalla 
Eric Lin 
Allen G. Moore 
Haritaa Mourougassamy 
Abigail A. Obeng-Marnu 
Zhiyuan J. Qiu 
Dawson S. Thomas 

Mill Creek HS
Calvin Shaw 

Mountain View HS
Suraj V. Modi

Norcross HS
Jacob Bottomley 
Joseph Mao
Lennox E. Xu  

Collins Hill HS
Brett P. Muegel

Dacula HS
Mark M. Tran

Duluth HS
Aidan S. Donelan 
Vani Senthil 
Atanas C. Tenev 
Andrew Xu 
Jessica E. Yeh

North Gwinnett HS
Vishnu K. Achar 
Emma R. Barfield 
Abigail A. Blackmon 
Du S. Chiang 
Madeline V. Franz 
Jack P. Langan 
Amy Park 
Elise W. Park 
Jackson Wegmet


Grayson HS
Mesum A. Zaidi

Parkview HS
Angela S. Lee 
Priyanka Menon 
Ryan Tay 
Kareena J. Udeshi

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Jesse Chen 
Jonathan J. Choi 
Joshua Y. Chough 
Nicholas M. Couchara 
Dawei Gao
Eyosias A. Gebremeskel 
Madison J. Greer 
Alex T. Kim 
Ryan T. Lynch
Katherine E. Spencer 
Martin J. Still 
Julius L. Tao 
Abbey S. Tilson 
Emily Wang 
Brandon W. Woodward 
Emily L. Xu 
Joseph Zhang 
Shawn X. Zhu

Peachtree Ridge HS
James Cai 
Julian G. Heske 
Shawn Im 
Abby T. Le 
James Lee 
Jungah Soh










     These 64 Gwinnett students, part of the Class 2019, 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 $31 million.

     Approximately 1.6 million students in more than 22,000 high schools entered the competition last school year as juniors by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as the initial screening for program entrants. The semifinalists named in the 2019 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 2019.

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