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Thirty-eight LWSD students named National Merit Semifinalists


Students now compete for scholarships worth more than $33 million

Redmond, Wash. – Thirty-Eight Lake Washington School District (LWSD) high school seniors have been named semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the semifinalists on September 13. 

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 $32 million.

Students qualified for these awards by completing the 2016 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:

  • Abel Birchfield
  • Divya Parimi
  • Clara Raggi
  • Maggie Van Nortwick

International Community School:

  • Nour Ayad
  • Yaniv Schwartz
  • Michael Sun
  • Daniel Zhu

Juanita High School:

  • Arthur Liu
  • Shawdi Mehrvarzan

Lake Washington High School:

  • Samuel Dorsey
  • Zachary Mickelson
  • Michelle Um

Tesla STEM High School:

  • Christina Goto
  • Rashida Hakim
  • Natali Kendal-Freedman
  • Prerana Kulkarni
  • Anne Lee
  • Neha Nagvekar
  • Parth Nain
  • Vaishnavi Phadnis
  • Frederick Qin
  • Suchi Sridhar
  • Yury Sudzilouski
  • Anna Vasyura
  • Brandon Yue

Redmond High School:

  • August Chen
  • Trevor Christensen
  • Keenan Ganz
  • Sophia Hwang
  • Lucy Jiang
  • Kathleen Li
  • Daniel Liu
  • Rohin Meduri
  • Virginia Qian
  • Emma Raffman
  • Anna Wang

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About Lake Washington: Lake Washington School District is a high-performing public school district serving Kirkland, Redmond, and Sammamish, Washington. It is the third largest district in the state of Washington, with over 29,000 students in 52 schools.