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36 LCPS Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

© Leesburg Today - 09/28/2015

The list of 2016 National Merit Semifinalists was recently released, and 36 Loudoun County public high school students made the cut.

All semifinalists are eligible to compete for 7,400 National Merit Scholarship awards worth $32 million, to be awarded in spring 2016. About 16,000 high school seniors nationwide were named semifinalists for 2016. To enter the 2016 National Merit program, the students, as juniors, took the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, which represents less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

The LCPS 2016 National Merit semifinalists are:

  • Briar Woods High School students Azeeza Hasan, Emma Jaeger, Derek Mamrol and Vikas Rajasekaran;
  • Broad Run High School student Jessica Liu;
  • Dominion High School students Francesca Babetski, Katerina Banks and Sara Schlemmer;
  • Freedom High School students Grant Kim, Mehr Kumar and Hyunkyu Lee;
  • John Champe High School students Chanel Lee and Raghava Pamula;
  • Loudoun County High School student Caleb Jones;
  • Loudoun Valley High School student Jasmine Lu;
  • Potomac Falls High School students Wyatt Pontius, William Shangraw and Michael Shiu;
  • Stone Bridge High School students Sarah Santoro, Parsa Soltani and Siddharth Srivatsan;
  • Thomas Jefferson High School students Abhimanyu Chadha, Haarika Chalasani, Shrey Gupta, Alison Hau, Chloe How, Sweta Karlekar, Sahith Malyala, Sophia Martinese, Katherine McLaughlan, Christopher Morris, Maitri Patel, Nirmaan Shanker and Kaushik Venkatesh; and
  • Tuscarora High School students Kieran Hooper and Swanny Shi.

Five Loudoun County Public Schools students were selected as Hispanic Achievement Scholarship semifinalists. They are: Broad Run High School student Stephanie Arens; Potomac Falls High School student Andrea Mares Zarate; and Stone Bridge High School students Rory Feicht, Andrew Matson and Parsa Soltani.

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