Forty-two students from the Cherry Creek School District have been named Semifinalists in the 59th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $35 million that will be awarded next spring.
The Cherry Creek Schools National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists are:
Grayson Abele, Grandview HS
Michael Brady, Cherry Creek HS
Carolyn Breeze, Cherry Creek HS
William Chen, Cherry Creek HS
Incheoul Chung, Grandview HS
Riley Collins, Grandview HS
Johannes Crawford, Cherry Creek HS
Jordan Crawford, Cherry Creek HS
Madison Dirks, Grandview HS
Matthew Donahue, Grandview HS
Bryan Doniger, Cherry Creek HS
Nathaniel Gibby, Cherokee Trail HS
Cady Gooding, Grandview HS
Helen Gu, Cherry Creek HS
Rohit Gupta, Grandview HS
Caroline Hattier, Cherry Creek HS
Spencer Hughes, Cherry Creek HS
Brennen Kaffman, Smoky Hill HS
Bu Kim, Cherry Creek HS
Melanie Kliegel, Smoky Hill HS
Preston Kramer, Cherry Creek HS
Christine Lai, Cherry Creek HS
Rick Laoprasert, Cherry Creek HS
Jeffrey Li, Cherry Creek HS
Yao Li, Cherry Creek HS
Amanda Matheson, Grandview HS
David Mathews, Cherokee Trail HS
Michael Min, Overland HS
Susan Niederhoff, Smoky Hill HS
Lindsey Paricio, Smoky Hill HS
Aishwarya Ramamurthi, Cherokee Trail HS
Ariel Sandberg, Cherry Creek HS
Victoria Shchepetyeva, Cherry Creek HS
Philip Siegel, Cherry Creek HS
Hasti Soltani, Cherry Creek HS
Steven Tibbits, Eaglecrest HS
Stephanie Truskowski, Cherry Creek HS
Alex Vidmar, Overland HS
Ziru Wang, Cherry Creek HS
Olivia Wohlert, Smoky Hill HS
Zhoumingshi Yang, Cherry Creek HS
Brian Yoon, Cherry Creek HS
About 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.
To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and their high school must submit a detailed scholarship application in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.
From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level and in February they will be notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.
National Merit Scholarship winners of 2014 will be announced between April and July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 300,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.
NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 440 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.
Posted Nov. 1, 2013.