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    Thirty-two LWSD students named National Merit Semifinalists


    Students now compete for scholarships worth more than $31 million

    Redmond, Wash. – Thirty-two Lake Washington School District (LWSD) high school seniors have been named semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the semifinalists today. Redmond High School was tied for the third most semifinalists in the state with 15.

    Sixteen thousand high school seniors nationwide qualified. More than 90% of the semifinalists are expected to advance to the Finalist level. About 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 $31 million.

    Students qualified for these awards by completing the 2017 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:

    • Craig Deng (Sammamish)
    • Svetoslav A. Dimitrov (Sammamish)
    • Ellie U. Talius (Sammamish)

    International Community School:

    • Daniel J. Chen (Sammamish)
    • Ciara L. Gormley (Redmond)
    • Theo A. Gregersen (Redmond)

    Juanita High School:

    • Andreea Ghizila (Kirkland)
    • Alyssa Kuraishi (Kirkland)
    • Eric Marnadi (Redmond)
    • Nithish Bharadhwaj Narasimman (Redmond)

    Lake Washington High School:

    • Thomas Riffle (Kirkland)

    Nikola Tesla STEM High School:

    • Victoria J. Alkin (Redmond)
    • Alexia N. Friedman (Redmond)
    • Lauren E. Kim (Sammamish)
    • Christine Lee (Redmond)
    • Hamsa Shankar (Sammamish)
    • Sonika S. Tayade (Redmond)

    Redmond High School:

    • Shiven S. Bhatt (Redmond)
    • Sahas Goli (Redmond)
    • Matthew He (Sammamish)
    • Meera M. Hoar (Redmond)
    • Shreya Kedia (Redmond)
    • Grace Kim (Redmond)
    • Haeli N. Knox (Redmond)
    • Melissa Lin (Redmond)
    • Kenneth Ma (Redmond)
    • Meghna Shankar (Redmond)
    • Martin Shi (Redmond)
    • Heng-Min Tan (Redmond)
    • Pranav K. Vaid (Sammamish)
    • Shuhua A. Xie (Redmond)
    • Jasmine Zhang (Redmond)

    * Note: Photos available on request.

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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 54 schools.