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Posted on Wed, Sep 11, 2013 : 7:36 a.m.

Ann Arbor area National Merit Scholarship semifinalists announced

By Amy Biolchini

The National Merit Scholarship program announced 102 students from Washtenaw County have been named semifinalists in its 2014 competition.

Nationwide, there are about 16,000 semifinalists for 8,000 scholarships worth $35 million that will be awarded in the spring.

A total of 1.5 million high school juniors entered the program by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT test.

Semifinalists must now submit applications that include information about their academic records, participation in school and community activities, leadership abilities, employment, honors and awards. They must also gain the recommendation of a high school official, write an essay and achieve SAT scores in line with their qualifying scores.

Of the 102 students from Washtenaw County named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists, 80 came from schools within the Ann Arbor city limits.

The city of Ann Arbor has the most semifinalists out of any municipality in the state, the second-highest being Bloomfield Hills with 57 semifinalists.

Ann Arbor Public Schools had 67 students qualify to be semifinalists in the scholarship competition, compared to 61 last year and 71 the year before that.

In last year's competition, there were 90 semifinalists from Washtenaw County and 25 of them ended up receiving scholarships.

Ann Arbor Ann Arbor Community High School (4)

  • Jonah G. Ahuvia
  • Graham M. Gerdes
  • Louis J. Hochster
  • Thomas Repasky

Ann Arbor Huron High School (17)

  • Aja Bamberger
  • Lorna Barron
  • Hanel Baveja
  • Hannah Blaauw
  • Ethan B. Chupp
  • Matthew J. Gingerich
  • Katherine S. Grosh
  • Shuvro Guha
  • Anna H. Hu
  • Gary Huang
  • Heesu Hwang
  • Kevin J. Lee
  • Lisa L. Ruan
  • Atulya A. Shetty
  • Alan Xu
  • Chelsea A. Young
  • Sherry Zhang

Ann Arbor Pioneer High School (31)

  • Christopher Chou
  • Alexander Copp
  • John X. Fan
  • Benjamin W. Freiband
  • Samantha Freshley
  • Alexander G. Ginsberg
  • Joseph D. Hathaway
  • Anna M. Hayman
  • Iris Ho
  • Nan Hu
  • Lillian Huang
  • Taylor J. Johnson
  • Samuel R. Kidd
  • Livia Luan
  • Merin K. McDivitt
  • Niket B. Parikh
  • Elizabeth G. Postema
  • Chelsea M. Racelis
  • Isaac D. Seger-Brown
  • Dana E. Shin
  • Jakob G. Smith
  • Sarah M. Starman
  • Stephanie M. Terrell
  • Kevin S. Tian
  • Sierre Wolfkostin
  • Daniel L. Wu
  • Lillian Xie
  • William Yang
  • Brinda Yarlagadda
  • Peter K. Zhang
  • Jason Zhao

Ann Arbor Skyline High School (15)

  • Vasiliy Avedisov
  • Noah L. Chen
  • Sarah C. Chen
  • Hannah B. Clague
  • Julia F. Kerst
  • Mohanraj Kothari
  • Yuzhe Liu
  • Elizabeth A. Malan
  • Akiho S. Murata
  • Mihir Patil
  • Kristina M. Perkins
  • Prashant Puttagunta
  • Jacqueline Qiu
  • Lillian F. Schneyer
  • Aaron T. Stryker

Father Gabriel Richard High School (2)

  • Stephen M. Mitchell
  • Robert M. Zick

Greenhills School (9)

  • Sarah D. Gargaro
  • Benjamin Giampetroni
  • Andrew M. Gitlin
  • Brendan Kelley-Bukovac
  • Emmet C. Kulka
  • Francesca M. Lupia
  • Gustav B. Nordheilm
  • Zane Phillips
  • Antonia M. Piedmonte-Lang

Homeschool (1)

  • Thomas P. Garton

Washtenaw Technical Middle College (1)

  • Margaret R. Ehinger

Chelsea Chelsea High School (3)

  • Erinjen W. Lin
  • Alexandra Reynolds
  • James R. Straub

Dexter Dexter High School (6)

  • Ian Cook
  • Bethany H. Hansen
  • Virginia M. Kivel
  • Graham R. Northrup
  • Amelia M. Sadler
  • Kristin M. Weisgerber

Saline Saline High School (10)

  • Andrea N. Blankenship
  • Brendan E. Burgess
  • Carina N. Fodor
  • Benjamin J. Herrick
  • Mehul B. Kulkarni
  • Samuel F. Ozminkowski
  • Hannah L. Qin
  • Meghana Shankar
  • Elianna M. Shwayder
  • Amelia L. Wittig

Ypsilanti Early College Alliance at Eastern Michigan University (2)

  • Maureen J. McCord
  • Samuel C. Tenka

Homeschool (1)

  • Sarah E. Boyer

Amy Biolchini is the K-12 education reporter for The Ann Arbor News. Reach her at or on Twitter.



Wed, Sep 11, 2013 : 1:16 p.m.

Disregarding the higher cut off this year, the number of NMSF in Ann Arbor increased. Congrats to everyone on the list above.


Wed, Sep 11, 2013 : 12:32 p.m.



Wed, Sep 11, 2013 : 12:21 p.m.

Great showing! Congrats to all.