Issaquah School District has 13 National Merit semifinalists

September 16, 2010

By Laura Geggel

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 16, 2010

Thirteen students from Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high schools have placed as National Merit semifinalists.

Of the 1.5 million high school juniors who took the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, only 16,000 were named as semifinalists in the 56th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The pool of semifinalists represents less than 1 percent of the country’s high school seniors.

About 15,000 semifinalists will become finalists, and about half of the finalists can earn the title of National Merit Scholar.

Businesses and higher education institutions help pay for the 8,400 scholarships, worth more than $36 million.

Semifinalists must have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed by their high school principal and earn high SAT scores. They must also submit an application, which includes a student essay and information about the semifinalists’ leadership and community activities.

National Merit Scholarships winners of 2011 will learn if they have won one of 2,500 $2,500 scholarships this spring.

The Issaquah School District’s 2011 semifinalists include:

Issaquah High School

  • Katarina Brunette
  • Elliott Chin
  • Jeff Crocker
  • Sarah Hanna
  • Tyler Herrmann
  • Andrew Repp
  • Eric Yu

Liberty High School

  • Jay Chakravarty

Skyline High School

  • Saumya Copparam
  • Benjamin Huang
  • Dipanwita Maulik
  • Praveen Puvvadi
  • James Richardson
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