Decorative mortarboards during commencement ceremonies for Cal State University Northridge classes of fall 2019/spring 2020 and fall 2020/spring 2021 on the CSUN campus Friday, May 20, 2022. The ceremonies were held for students that did not have a commencement due to the pandemic.(Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)
Decorative mortarboard during commencement ceremonies at California State University, Northridge, on the CSUN campus, Friday, May 20, 2022. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced on Wednesday, Sept. 14, its 2023 list of semifinalist high school students who will now compete for a share of about 7,250 scholarships worth almost $28 million. Winners will be announced nationally between April and July next year. This is the 68th annual competition.

High school juniors, 11th graders, in the United States entered the academic competition by taking the 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

The highest-scoring students in each state represent the pool of semifinalists who, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, represent less than 1% of United States high school seniors.

The next step for a semifinalist to become a finalist is to complete the required application that includes their SAT or ACT scores, an essay and a letter of recommendation by a high school official.

Finalists are then chosen on the basis of academic record, their participation in community and school activities, how they have demonstrated leadership ability, employment, awards and honors received.

From a group of about 16,000 semifinalists, an expected 15,000 advance to finalists. Students are notified in February 2023 if they are finalists and about half of those win a scholarship.

There are three categories of scholarships: National Merit $2500 Scholarships; corporate-sponsored scholarships; college-sponsored scholarships.

The National Merit Scholarship winners, chosen on the basis of accomplishments, skills and potential for college success, are selected from the February finalists group. Winners are notified, on a rolling basis, in 2023 from April to July.

Here is the list of semifinalists in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program in Los Angeles County by school location and the school name:

Agoura Hills

Agoura Hills HS

  • Aston H. Du
  • Sriya J. Kalyan
  • Jordan P/ Shin

Alhambra

Mark Keppel HS

  • Konnor H. Luong

Arcadia

Arcadia HS

  • Ian Chan
  • Kevin Y. Hu
  • Cassie Kao
  • Weber C. Lin
  • Tin P. Nguyen
  • Carolyn Sun
  • Ashley K. Te
  • Nathan Vuong
  • Avari Wang
  • Phoebe Wang
  • Stephanie H. Wang

Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills HS

  • Alexandra R. Bakshian
  • Ariel J. Goldberg
  • Suhh Yeon Kim
  • Miles J. Kottler

Burbank

Burbank HS

  • Kacey M. Fifield
  • Lana E. Kang
  • Lorenzo R. Lopez
  • Yogini N. Vazirani

Burroughs HS

  • Lillian Raesler
  • Nayan Ramakrishnan
  • Margaret K. Roberts

Calabasas

Calabasas HS

  • Niccolo G. Terango

Qualia The School for Deeper Learning

  • Terrin Eugene Busby Thompson

Viewpoint School

  • Zach R. Gor
  • Mansi Jain
  • JiaLian Mackey
  • Alec J. Williams

Carson

California Academy of Mathematics and Science

  • Jaden Balajadia
  • Dominick Cardella
  • Tiffany Chen
  • Manan Tuteja
  • Jenna Yang

Cerritos

Cerritos HS

  • Julianne Hoffman

Gahr HS

  • Hannah J. Yoon

Gretchen Whitney HS

  • Colin J. Choi
  • Jimin Choi
  • Trenton T. Kim
  • Aaron S. Park
  • Max W. Peng

Claremont

Vivian Webb School

  • Nancy Y. Lin
  • Yuming Wan

Webb School of California

  • Taejun Ahn
  • Jeffrey S. Baek
  • Anjie Jian
  • Austin J. Ra
  • Richard H. Wu

Culver City

Culver City HS

  • Ruo Han Wang

Diamond Bar

Diamond Bar HS

  • Ryan K. Chung
  • Jeffrey Gong
  • Marcus Hsieh
  • Andrew Huang
  • Edward Kim
  • Jason Kim
  • Jenna D. Kim
  • William Li
  • Chloe J. Lim
  • Ryan H. Shin
  • Angie Sun
  • Angelina Young
  • Max Zhu

Eagle Rock

Eagle Rock HS

  • Cooper H. Darling

Glendora

Glendora HS

Granada Hills

Granada Hills Charter HS

  • Aniket Mukherjee

Hacienda Heights

Glen A Wilson HS

  • Elizabeth S. Leung

La Cañada Flintridge

Flintridge Preparatory School

  • Charlotte M. Bax
  • Meena Durairaj
  • Youkai Ji
  • Audrey S. Jung
  • Arul Kolla
  • Jacob D. Lee
  • Alexander J. Oh
  • Dylan T. Tanouye
  • Evan L. Yoon

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy

  • Kana J. Park

La Cañada HS

  • Hailey T. Chee
  • Vivien Chen
  • Anastasija M. Easley
  • Elyse H. Hwang
  • Adam J. Kakuk
  • Jessica N. Kim
  • Mia J. Kronson
  • Jessica Li
  • Jeshurun M. Liou
  • Siraaj S. Sandhu
  • Xiaohe Tang
  • Riley J. Thornburgh
  • William D. Wade

La Crescenta

Crescenta Valley HS

  • Angeline Choi

Long Beach

Long Beach Polytechnic HS

  • Skyler Hirota

Los Angeles

Brentwood School

  • Stephen H. Agar-Johnson
  • Sam Drake
  • Carter Iino
  • Rahul Yates

Downtown Magnet HS

  • Noah M. Han
  • Ashley Y. Shin

Geffen Academy at UCLA

  • August I. Deer
  • Aiden S. Di Carlo
  • Jereth Z. Liu
  • Taye J. Reiss
  • Kayla G. Sinnock
  • Claire F. Soohoo

Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies

  • Sofia Behzadi
  • Edward Crockett
  • Lucas Jia
  • Yvonne Kendall

Loyola HS

  • Dominic Barrios
  • Bowen J. Kim
  • Michael S. McElhenney

Marlborough School

  • Rachael Kim
  • Jocelyn E. Shek

John Marshall HS

  • Sasha M. Rotko

Milken Community School

  • Ophir G. Berrin
  • Joshua M. Roussak

New Covenant Academy

  • Dale Y. Lee

New West Charter High School

  • Rachel S. Lee

Notre Dame Academy

  • Jasmine Harrison

Pilgrim School

  • Jasper J. Andrews
  • Colin H. Kim

Windward School

  • Luke M. Gialanella
  • Henry T. Nieves

Yeshiva Gedolah of Los Angeles

  • Eliyahu Eghbali

Homeschool

  • Natalie Deering

Malibu

Malibu HS

  • Dylan E. Rem

Manhattan Beach

Mira Costa HS

  • Benjamin K. Blum
  • Andrew K. Cherry
  • Karyn B. Fu
  • Kyle Y. Fukumoto
  • Tucker Gauss
  • Ethan H. Harrison
  • Alexander C.Holcomb
  • Heather E. Jensen
  • Cindy X. Lin
  • Dashiell H. Rumble
  • Kiran P. Shah
  • Jacob M. Tan

Montrose

St. Monica Academy

  • Justin A. Decker

Newhall

William S. Hart HS

  • Timothy Phan

North Hollywood

Campbell Hall

  • Arjun A. Danna

North Hollywood HS

  • Hannah Cho
  • Emily M. Dietz
  • Julian E. Dohi
  • Alexander K. Franks
  • Jonathan M. Gasser-Brennan
  • Evan J. Higgins
  • Joanne Hong
  • Deanna S. Lee
  • Charles O. Luke
  • Katherine M. Shin
  • Nathaniel S. Shin
  • Adeline Sun
  • Richard Zhu

Oakwood School

  • Leo L. Frankel

Pacific Palisades

Palisades Charter HS

  • Anirudh Chatterjee
  • Dohyun A. Ju
  • Edward H. Kim
  • Robert H. Rosen
  • Tobias T. Scaduto
  • Levy C. Shaked
  • Sierra M. Sugarman
  • Sophie Y. Zhu

Palos Verdes Estates

Palos Verdes HS

  • Vivian M. Chan
  • Jenna N. Chow
  • Cynthia Y. Ho

Palos Verdes Peninsula

Chadwick School

  • Syona R. Goel

Pasadena

La Salle HS

  • Tomas A. Posada-Awad

Polytechnic HS

  • Benjamin D. Fernandez
  • Jamie Haenisch
  • Julian S. Harrison
  • Kai F. Herman
  • Elizabeth Hong
  • Nathaniel N. Marko
  • Dario G. Soatto

Westridge School

  • Katelyn A. Shirreffs

Redondo Beach

Redondo Union HS

  • Theodore Danial
  • Isabel Gross
  • Jack Hagemeister
  • Elise E. Haulund
  • Ella M. Kang
  • Isabella Langa
  • Esther Sun

Reseda

Cleveland HS

  • Jacob S. Pike

Rolling Hills

Palos Verdes Distance Learning Academy

  • Jacqueline S. Lane

Rolling Hills Estates

Palos Verdes Peninsula HS

  • Charlotte Y. Chiang
  • Sakurako F. Cho
  • Jillian M. Farley
  • Kyle Jiang

Rowland Heights

John A. Rowland HS

  • Selina Cheng
  • Juliet D. Kim
  • Madeleine R. Tsoi

Southlands Christian HS

  • Jeremy Chun

San Gabriel

Gabrielino HS

  • Kaylee Chan
  • Jonathan Liang
  • Violet Wang

San Marino

San Marino HS

  • Neil Chen
  • Michael Egan
  • Zhe Shan Lian
  • Elsa Panning
  • Lillian Panning
  • Thailor Christian Villaluna
  • Arwen Gwen Wen

Santa Clarita

Academy of the Canyon

  • Joan Isabelle C. Go

Santa Monica

Crossroads School

  • Daniel R. James
  • Kate Jang
  • Zev Weinstein

Santa Monica HS

  • Danny S. Chmaytelli
  • Lincoln G. Jarvis
  • Kian A. Naini

Sherman Oaks

The Buckley School

  • Madison Kesler
  • Katherine Silverman

Notre Dame HS

  • Autumn S. Han

South Pasadena

South Pasadena HS

  • Aria A. Argus
  • Ryan F. Arlett
  • Serin C. Hwang
  • Anthony Kim
  • Jacqueline S. Mancera
  • Zackary Quezada
  • Xiyu Wang
  • Isabelle C. Whetsel
  • Talia M. Yoo
  • Liana Zangwill

Studio City

Harvard-Westlake School

  • Jack T. Austen
  • Alexandra M. Ba
  • Nathaniel K. Berg
  • Henry A. Bryan
  • Justin R. Bu
  • Cheery Chen
  • Iris Chen
  • Olivia Chung
  • Lucas Cohen-d’Arbeloff
  • Konnie Duan
  • Aariz I. Furniturewala
  • Donya Ghassemieh
  • Daniella Cayla Goldrich
  • Alexander J. Hahn
  • Anika S. Iye
  • Vivien Y. Kimura
  • Steven D. Ko
  • Sang Hyun Lee
  • Ceerous J. LeSage
  • Elliot Joseph Lichtman
  • Jack L. Moreland
  • Noah T. Nakayama
  • Venice A. Offner
  • Victoria R. Peng
  • Kameron G. Rabizadeh
  • Sophia M. Rascoff
  • Asher L. Rossen
  • William R. Sherwood
  • Kensuke Shimojo
  • Zoe K. Shin
  • Carter M. Staggs
  • Harrison M. Tarses
  • Ethan Wang
  • Eli N. Weinbach
  • Skylar Whitley
  • Jake M. Wiczyk
  • Karen K. Wu
  • Audrey T. Yang
  • Eric M. Yoon
  • Emmy Y. Zhang

Temple City

Temple City HS

  • Keerthana Girish
  • Stephen A. Ma

Torrance

Bishop Montgomery HS

  • Alexis R. Wetzel

South HS

  • Kathryn A. Soares

West HS

  • Sohan K. Devalapurkar

Valencia

West Ranch HS

  • Alyssa Y. Chang
  • Andrew S. Kim
  • Jaeeun Park
  • Ella M. Shin
  • Clarissa Y. Zuo

Van Nuys

Grace Christian Academy

  • Reva Bhavin Patel

Van Nuys HS

  • Hannah Chung
  • Rachel S. Sang

Venice

Venice HS

  • Jessica L. Pan
  • Lidia S. Prokopovych-Shchepet

Walnut

Walnut HS

  • Samuel Chou
  • Hudson Kaleb K. Dy
  • Shani Y. Su
  • Chelsea Yeh
  • Jadon J. Zhu

Woodland Hills

El Camino Real Charter HS

  • Autumn T. Blackford
  • Lila R. Goldenberg

William Howard Taft HS

  • Jaume T. Folz

High school students interested in applying in future years need to talk to their school counselor to make arrangements to take the PSAT/NMSQT test. Registration is through the high school and not by the students. For information on the competition, bit.ly/3hzLR8E

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation was established in 1955 and is an independent, not-for-profit group that does not operate with government assistance.

The goals of the organization are to reward academically-dedicated students, encourage academic excellence at all levels of education, promote a deeper respect for learning in general and to encourage individuals and organizations to sponsor scholarships. nationalmerit.org

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