Twenty-two LWSD Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

Students now complete for 8,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $36 million

As announced by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), 22 Lake Washington School District (LWSD) high school seniors qualified as semifinalists in the 56th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

A total of 16,000 academically talented high school seniors nationwide have qualified. These students will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,400 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $36 million, that will be offered next spring.

Students qualified for these awards by completing the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.

Redmond High School had the highest number of recipients in the district, with ten students named as semifinalists.

Lake Washington School District National Merit Semifinalists:

Eastlake High School: Nicholas Pitt

International Community School: Erin Antono, Ian Backstrom, Dorris Hwang, Sana Nagar and Julia Saxby

Juanita High School: Alexander Burt, Joseph Kichline, James Piper, Dorothy Tsai and Anna Veltkamp

Lake Washington High School: Joseph Wu

Redmond High School: Logan Dougherty, Darien French-Owen, Ryan Hussin, Raluca Ifrim, Chris Lim, John Lyon, Jeffrey McNerney, Joseph Mercer, Arjun Narayanan and Benjamin Wright.