The National Merit Scholarship program has named its semifinalists for the 2014 competition.
The high school seniors were chosen as semifinalists on the basis of their scores on the 2012 PSAT. They can go on to compete for National Merit Scholarships that together are worth more than $35 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 Wake County. The semifinalists from Orange, Durham and other counties will appear on the Thumbs Up page next week.
Apex High School: Rachel D. Mumford, Yu-Ming Shi, Kerri M. Stanton, Leah M. Weaver
Middle Creek High School: Laura E. Steckbeck
Cary Academy: Emma M. Astrike-Davis, Keegan E. Hines, Hannah L. Hubbard, Shantal M. Jayawickreme, Elliot M. Kuan, Kyle J. Lerch, Elizabeth N. Lewis, Savannah G. Lynn, Austin T. Mangelsdorf, Nisha B. Modi, Brittany L. Schulz, Samuel S. Title, Theodore G. Waechter, Alexis N. Williams
Cary High School: Laura E. Roberson
Green Hope High School: Alexander Bartell, Samuel K. Chao, Inan Z. Husain, Nadia Johnson, Michelle S. Lam, Boning Lu, Thrisha Oruganti, Michael B. Schmithorst, Noam Sheetrit, Anna Sun, Sonya Zhang
Panther Creek High School: Henrik L. Lindvall, Nishad S. Waghmare, Shannon Zhan
Holly Springs High School: Kathleen A. Chenevert, Jacob B. Inkrote
Athens Drive High School: Jonathan K. Otten
Broughton High School: John T. Baldwin, Gregory D. Weaver
Enloe High School: Francis M. Alcorn, Felix H. Allen, Sarah M. Appleyard, Tanika H. Bantukul, Angela S. Chun, Arjun R. Devarajan, Zane K. Erikson, Chase W. Hatcher, Nathan Hilbrands, Evalyn G. Johnson, Logan M. Johnson, Jonathan Kaplan, Sneha Kumar, Justin Z. Luo, Christopher McBennett, Sarah A. Parker, Harry E. Payne, Amika M. Singh, Dharshan Sivaraj, Yudiyang Zhang,
Cardinal Gibbons High School: Sean J. Feick, Lauren Gustainis, Samuel R. Rosso, Bailey J. Schultz, Laura M. Sheridan
Leesville Road High School: Hannah L. Campo, Juliet G. Simpson, Sahana Venkatesh
Millbrook High School: Trevor L. Davis, Gitanjali Nagulpally
Raleigh Charter High School: Kevin Adington, Sadie E. Bennett, Joseph A. Dugas, Sanjay Raaj V. Gadi, Madeline G. Hren, Sanjay Kannan, Anna L. McConnell, Gautam R. Nagaraj, Elizabeth G. Nicholls, Jeffrey R. Ord, Monika Rajagopalan, Colleen Sharp, Hilary C. Sun, Katherine Trathen, Audrey E. Woolard, Andre W. Zhou
The Ravenscroft School: Sara M. Brown, Darian C. Dorafshar, Maxwell D. Haensel, Evan B. Hale
Sanderson High School: Spencer C. Beck, Christina A. Canale, Sarah G. Morgan
Southeast Raleigh High School: Mason Collier
St. Mary’s High School: Alexandra A. Meads
St. Thomas More Academy: Anna G. Parente
Trinity Academy: Emily E. Duggins, Jacob R. Kaylor
Wake Christian Academy: Carson L. Smith
Franklin Academy: Nicholas W. Mazzoleni
Corinth Holders High School: Grant L. Masini
Homeschool: Rachel A. Mazur