MCPS: 147 Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

Per MCPS: MCPS has 147 semifinalists in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship competition. The semifinalists will compete nationally for scholarships that will be announced in the spring. The competition is sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

The MCPS semifinalists come from 13 high schools: Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Montgomery Blair, Winston Churchill, Col. Zadok Magruder, Northwest, Poolesville, Richard Montgomery, Sherwood, Springbrook, Walter Johnson, Wheaton, Walt Whitman and Thomas S. Wootton.

Semifinalists from MCPS were selected from among high school juniors who were top scorers on the 2021 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. About 15,000 semifinalists across the nation are expected to advance to the finalist stage of the competition.

Finalists will be considered for $2,500 National Merit scholarships, plus additional corporate-sponsored and college/university-sponsored scholarships that will be announced later in the school year.

The MCPS semifinalists are:

Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School

Vince Csajbok
Nicholas W. Daum
Henry Fairbanks
Samuel G. Lev
Max B. Posner

Montgomery Blair High School

Benjamin Broderick-Sokol
Justin E. Chen
Travis Y. Chen
Kaden K. Chien
Nathan T. Cho
Elizabeth E. Chu
Areeb F. Gani
Annie M. Gao
Julia A. Gelfond
Anna X. Gu
Megan Y. Gu
Joshua Hsieh
Claire J. Hwang
Michael C. Ilie
Melisa J. Kalayoglu
Srihari K. Kompella
Elina Y. Lee
Katalina N. Li
Sean Li
Brianna J. Lin
Eileen Luo
Jonah S. McDonald
Anushka Poddar
Autumn T. Qiu
Anika Rai
Kevin Rha
Nathan Z. Shan
Vijay R. Shanmugam
Ellen K. Shepherd Johnson
Andrew K. Szabo
Milan A. Tenn
Grace M. Thomas
Solomon N. Ucko
Charles H. Wajda-Gotwals
Eric X. Wang
Joshua Wang
Jonah M. Witte
Evan C. Wu
Kevin J. Wu
Claire N. Xu
Jiayie K. Yang
Kevin Y. Yao
Tong Tong G. Ye
Elizabeth R. Yuan
Kevin G. Zhang
Maggie Zhang
Caleb Y. Zhao
Frederick O. Zheng

Winston Churchill High School

Joshua R. Cheng
Anthony T. Chung
Ilayda Dogan
Allison O. Fan
Emily Huang
Nathan X. Li
Jason L. Liu
Tej Mehta
Roman P. Messali
Kevin Qi
Yucheng J. Shao
Elyssa L. Shenker
Elton T. Wang
Nathaniel L. Wu
Eric Yao
Maxwell Z. Ye
Andrew B. Yu
Todd Y. Zhou

Walter Johnson High School

Daniel M. Avillo
Logan L. Devoe
Silas O. Hultman
Joseph Kim
Hana E. Lee
Eliazar Q. Montemayor
Emily E. Paranzino
Jacqueline A. Ragheb
Ella Tzeng

Col. Zadok Magruder High School

Julia E. Perkins

Northwest High School

Mallige Anand

Poolesville High School

Shubham Bhatnagar
Sarah L. Cho
Meredie E. Cohen
Caleb J. Dastrup
Brian A. Hoff
Brandon M. Kim
Haram Kim
Sophia A. Liang
Anya S. Olson
Anjan S. Sesetty
Rohin R. Shah
Saatvik R. Soma
Miranda L. Wang
Isabel Wu
Roc G. Yu
Andrew Z. Yuan

Richard Montgomery High School

Madeleine L. Ache
Shairee N. Arora
Daniel G. Coxson
Arun A. Crispino
Emily T. Duan
Matthew J. Gu
Finna Y. Hsu
Ishaan Jain
Jake Lee
Crystal C. Li
Kelly N. Namara
Tanya Paul
Melody Qian
Saahil M. Rao
Sevan P. Seltzer
Evelyn L. Shue
Brian M. Siegel
Jessica K. Sun
Ruth Y. Taddesse
Gwendolyn J. Taylor
Christian G. Testa
Lilian J. Wang
Paris Z. Ye
Lindsey Zhang

Sherwood High School

Allen K. Baxter
Matan C. Meltzer

Springbrook High School

Daniel T. Quach

Wheaton High School

Hudson Tao

Walt Whitman High School

Kabir M. Broker
Alexander G. Campbell
Jake A. Hawks
Jayden C. Ku
Max D. Ohm
Eleanor H. Pugh
Julia G. Rychlik
Isabel J. Sachs
Ethan D. Schenker
Benjamin J. Waterman
Justin Yang

Thomas S. Wootton High School

Grace L. Chen
Claire Deng
Ally M. Guo
Jonathan J. Kwak
Michael S. Li
Jackson J. Rankin
Stacy K. Sun
Yushin Wang
Ethan Wong
Byron Y. Wu

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