The National Merit Scholarship Program released this year’s list of Finalists and we are proud to report that 35 LGSUHSD Semifinalists recognized in October went on to become Finalists. The program, begun in 1955, awards this honor to only one percent of the approximately 1.5 million students who participate in this program by taking the Preliminary SAT (PSAT). The PSAT measures critical reading, math problem-solving and writing skills.
To become a Finalist, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements, including completing an application, having a consistently very high academic record, writing an essay, being endorsed and recommended by a school official, and taking the SAT® and earning a score that confirms the PSAT/NMSQT performance.
For 2017, the LGSUHSD Finalists are: Austin S. Cai, Sabrina Hoi-Pui Chan, Hong-Hsuan Chen, Candace Chiang, Karena Y. Chow, Kevin R. Chow, Harrison Z. Cui, Karissa Xinyue Dong, Ailidh K. Finlayson, Jacqueline Han, Rachel Hsin, Chih-Hsuan Hsu, William Hu, Kyle Nakagawa Jew, Michelle Jiang, Sarah M. Jin, Jaewoo Raymond Lee, Nicole S. Lin, Daniel Y. Liu, Arjun Natarajan, David T. Nguyen, Arnav Raha, Sanjit Rajendiran, Jeanna Sheen, Genghis Shyy, Miranda Y. Tang, Neehar M. Thumaty, Mason C. Tian, Isabelle S. Tseng, Amulya Vadlakonda, Ryan Wagner, Terrance Wang, Rachel Ye, Elina B. Yon, Edward Zhang. Superintendent Mistele congratulates each of these students. “Achieving the status of Finalist takes hard work and commitment. These students demonstrate that in every aspect of their lives – in and beyond the classroom; I wish them continued success in their academic lives and beyond school!”
In March, the program will begin mailing scholarship offers to the approximately 8,400 students who will have earned the title of National Merit Scholar. These scholarships will total over $34 million and are funded by corporations, business organizations, and colleges and universities.