Loudoun County, VA (October 7, 2015) – Thirty-six Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) students from 11 high schools have been named semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) for 2016. All semifinalists are eligible to compete for 7,400 National Merit Scholarship awards worth $32 million, to be awarded in spring 2016. Five students were selected as Hispanic Achievement Scholarship semifinalists. These honorees include Loudoun students who attend Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology, a regional Governor’s School in Fairfax County.
The LCPS 2016 National Merit semifinalists are:
- Briar Woods High School: Azeeza Hasan, Emma Jaeger, Derek Mamrol and Vikas Rajasekaran
- Broad Run High School: Jessica Liu
- Dominion High School: Francesca Babetski, Katerina Banks and Sara Schlemmer
- Freedom High School: Grant Kim, Mehr Kumar and Hyunkyu Lee
- John Champe High School: Chanel Lee and Raghava Pamula
- Loudoun County High School: Caleb Jones
- Loudoun Valley High School: Jasmine Lu
- Potomac Falls High School: Wyatt Pontius, William Shangraw and Michael Shiu
- Stone Bridge High School: Sarah Santoro, Parsa Soltani and Siddharth Srivatsan
- Thomas Jefferson High School: Abhimanyu Chadha, Haarika Chalasani, Shrey Gupta, Alison Hau, Chloe How, Sweta Karlekar, Sahith Malyala, Sophia Martinese, Katherine McLaughlan, Christopher Morris, Maitri Patel, Nirmaan Shanker and Kaushik Venkatesh
- Tuscarora High School: Kieran Hooper and Swanny Shi
The LCPS 2016 National Hispanic scholars are:
- Broad Run High School: Stephanie Arens
- Potomac Falls High School: Andrea Mares Zarate
- Stone Bridge High School: Rory Feicht, Andrew Matson, Parsa Soltani
Approximately 16,000 high school seniors were named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists for 2016. About 1.5 million juniors entered the 2016 National Merit program by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which serves as the initial screening of program entrants. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, which represents less than 1 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.
Three types of Merit Scholarship awards will be offered in 2016: 2,500 National Merit $2,500 scholarships, 1,000 corporate-sponsored scholarships, and 3,900 college-sponsored scholarships.
National Merit Scholarship winners for 2016 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July.