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Howard County Announces National Merit Scholarship Finalists

Students from every high school in the county have advanced in the national competition.

Forty-seven Howard County public school students -- representing every high school in the county -- have been named semifinalists in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship competition. 

The students will go on to compete with the approximately 16,000 other semifinalist from around the country in the national competition, which aims to promote respect for learning; highlight exceptional students; and stimulate support from organizations to sponsor scholarships. 

Ultimately about 8,300 students will be awarded scholarships. 

“I congratulate each of the 47 students for their outstanding academic accomplishments,” Superintendent Renee A. Foose said at the Oct. 2 Board of Education meeting. “These students represent every one of our high schools. This is what college readiness is all about.”

Students entered the competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. About one third of the 50,000 applicants go on to become semifinalists, according to the National Merit Corporation’s website.

For more information, visit the National Merit Scholorship Corporation's website.

The winners


Name High School Aneesh Agrawal Centennial High School Thomas Bagley Atholton High School Alexandra J. Barrett Reservoir High School Alexandra L. Blumhorst River Hill High School Advait Chauhan Hammond High School Jacqueline S.  Chen Centennial High School Stephen Chen River Hill High School Anthony T. Chong River Hill High School Emily DeBoy Wilde Lake High School Ali Delen Marriotts Ridge High School George Ge River Hill High School Qiyi He Centennial High School Richard He Marriotts Ridge High School Jessica H. Hennacy River Hill High School David Hwang River Hill High School Min Geol Joo Centennial High School Delaney M. Jordan Glenelg High School Yaniv Kazansky Centennial High School Joshua H. Kim Centennial High School Alexander Kohanski Atholton High School Christopher T. Le River Hill High School Seung H. Lee Centennial High School Sebin Lee River Hill High School Joy Li River Hill High School Daniel J. Lieman Mt. Hebron High School Mary Lin Marriotts Ridge High School Rachel Linder Oakland Mills High School Albert Liu Atholton High School Rhea Malik Long Reach High School Manas Mishra Howard High School Taariq Mohammed River Hill High School Michael Qian River Hill High School Rayna X. Qian Mt. Hebron High School Anna Rimlinger Marriotts Ridge High School Theresa C. Rizk Glenelg High School Clarissa L. Santori Centennial High School Priya Thomas Atholton High School Julia A. Thoreson Centennial High School Jeremy Tsao Long Reach High School Andrew G. Wang Mt. Hebron High School Vivian W. Wang Centennial High School Sophia H. Yang Reservoir High School Juing D. Yeh Centennial High School Anthony M. Yu River Hill High School Elric H. Zhang River Hill High School Melanie Zheng Centennial High School Cathy Zhu Wilde Lake High School


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