The National Merit Scholarship program has named its semifinalists for the 2013 competition.
The high school seniors were chosen as semifinalists on the basis of their scores on the 2011 PSAT. They can go on to compete for National Merit Scholarships that together are worth more than $32 million next spring.
To become a finalist, a semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed by officials from his or her high school, earn SAT scores that are on par with his or her PSAT performance and submit an application that includes an essay and list of leadership and community activities.
Here are the National Merit Scholarship semifinalists from counties neighboring Wake (Wake County semifinalists were listed last week and can be found at newsobserver.com/thumbsup):
CARRBORO HIGH SCHOOL: Etienne Bovet, Audrey Copeland, Camilla S. Dohlman, Melaina K. Dyck, Kristen M. Lee, Colleen L. McCarthy.
CHAPEL HILL HIGH SCHOOL: Hannah H. Blackburn, Laurence A. Cecil, Willa J. Chen, Samuela A. Fernandes, Elizabeth Fox, Arun Ganesh, Thomas H. Greer, Wesley Y. Guo, Michael X. Huang, Michelle Y. Jin, Shiyi Li, Chiara P. Salemi, Caleb J. Stern, Kiera B. Turner, Charles A. Woldorff
EAST CHAPEL HILL HIGH SCHOOL: Bernard A. Amaldoss, Eric Chiou, Nathan H. Cho, Quinlan E. Cullen, Mingming Dong, Bridget Dou, Mitchell A. Gelpi, Zhen Hu, Kelly Jiang, Sung-Hoon Kim, Diana F. Lamaute, Hannah E. Lee, Austin B. Liu, Amanda Lohmann, Sandhya Mahadevan, William S. McEntee, Troy P. Mitchell, Loreanne S. Oh, Nina G. Pande, Jacob Reed, Casey K. Smith, Tyler V. Tran, Joyce Y. Wang, Alexandra C. Willcox, Lena Wilson, Maggie Xing, Alice L. Yu, Cissy Yu, Allen S. Zhou, Zhongshan Zhu.
EMERSON WALDORF HIGH SCHOOL: Forrest J. Jackson
WOODS CHARTER SCHOOL: Madison Laethem
DURHAM ACADEMY UPPER SCHOOL: Raghav Bansal, Robin M. Blazing, Christian H. Browning, Delaney I. Herndon, Mairead C. Horton, Susannah K. Lee, Alexander L. Moss, Evan M. Murray, Nicholas Pruthi, Nivedita Sankar, Benjamin C. Taylor
DURHAM SCHOOL OF THE ARTS: Joya T. Mandel-Assael
HOMESCHOOL: Rose J. Condon, Timothy Pendergraft
JORDAN HIGH SCHOOL: Julia M. Larson, Kevin Ostrowski, Kathryn A. Taylor, Phoebe K. Wooldridge
MIDDLE COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL: Katherine M. Gandee, Eeyi Oon
N.C. SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS: Arjun P. Adhia, Jeffrey An, Darian L. Billowitz, Andrew J. Bin, Daniel G. Birmingham, Christopher S. Bobbe, Bradley B. Bondurant, Elizabeth M. Carbone, Landon Y. Carter, Alison O. Chang, Yimo Chen, Daniel Chiquito, Jordan H. Clark-Brown, Kedar S. Dange, Calvin Deng, Anna Dubovitskaya, Marcus S. Fath, Shaza I. Gaballah, Jessica S. Gao, William Ge, Alan M. Gibson, Victoria L. Godwin, Amy Z. Guo, Carter R. Hamilton, Jordan C. Harrison, Seokjae Hong, Scout M. Howard, Trevor N. Howarth, Carson A. Hsiao, Rachel C. Hurst, Zane A. James, Shu Jiang, Jaehoon K. Jung, Anne K. Kelley, Grant A. King, Paul A. Kushner, Svend Larsen, Michael L. Laskowitz, Joanna K. Lew, Jason Y. Liang, Jade C. Lu, Ian P. Maynor, Patrick C. McKeen, Jacob R. Milden, McKenzie J. Millican, Riley A. Minnear, Ashwin Monian, Joshua W. Mu, Jeffrey Phillips, Kaylyn B. Pogson, Nathaniel M. Putnam, Henry A. Seiler, Param Sidhu, Anita Simha, Charles A. Solarski, David J. Spencer, Hayley S. Stratton, Dean W. Su, Tejas G. Sundaresan, Ingrid Lorese D. Tablazon, Mitchell C. Tague, Stephen Tang, Abigail D. Thurman, Emmalee M. Todd, Tu M. Tran, Katherine V. Walker, Eric R. Wang, Yu Wang, Chengyu Weng, Katherine A. Whang, Amy J. Xu, Jin H. Yoon, Jackson C. Zerkle, Andrew H. Zhang, Carmel J. Zhao, Charles C. Zhao, Edward J. Zhao
TRINITY SCHOOL OF DURHAM AND CHAPEL HILL: Sarah E. Spencer
NORTHWOOD HIGH SCHOOL: Philip B. Straughn