Students now compete for scholarships worth more than $33 million
Redmond, Wash. – Thirty-three Lake Washington School District (LWSD) high school seniors have been named semifinalists in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation made the announcement.
Sixteen thousand high school seniors nationwide qualified. About 15,000 semifinalists are expected to advance to the Finalist level. More than half will win a National Merit Scholarship. These students will be able to continue in the competition for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $33 million.
Students qualified for these awards by completing the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The semifinalists include the highest scoring students in each state. The semifinalists represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.
Lake Washington School District National Merit Semifinalists*:
Eastlake High School:· Melissa Birchfield (Sammamish)
· Samantha Moynihan (Sammamish)
International Community School:· McKenna Conlin (Redmond)
· Kartik Iyer (Sammamish)
· Alicia Kacharia (Redmond)
· Taeheon Kim (Redmond)
· Irene Thomas (Redmond) Read More>>
Juanita High School:
· Adrian Plenefisch (Kirkland)
Lake Washington High School:· Maya Crandall-Malcolm (Redmond)
· Louis Norred (Redmond)
· Hunter Trewin (Kirkland)
Redmond High School:· Vishal Baskar (Sammamish)
· Sophia Chang (Sammamish)
· Marcelo Cunningham (Redmond)
· Falak Daud (Sammamish)
· Shloak Jain (Redmond)
· Siri Mellem (Woodinville)
· Jaehee Park (Redmond)
· Martin Randal (Redmond)
· Marium Raza (Woodinville)
· Irika Sinha (Redmond)
· Dana Spillinger (Redmond)
· Pearl Thijssen (Woodinville)
· Oliver Zhou (Redmond)
Tesla STEM High School:· Kyran Adams (Kirkland)
· Stephen Fitch (Redmond)
· Hemil Gajjar (Redmond)
· Michael Gringauze (Redmond)
· Aditya Kumar (Kirkland)
· Rishi Ramesh (Redmond)
· Abhinav Singh (Redmond)
· Varsha Veeramachaneni (Sammamish)
· Benjamin Zabback (Kirkland)
* Note: Photos available on request.
About Lake Washington: Lake Washington School District is a high-performing public school district serving Kirkland, Redmond, and Sammamish, Washington. It is the fourth largest district in the state of Washington, with over 27,800 students in 52 schools.