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Posted on Wed, May 8, 2013 : 5:06 p.m.

National Merit Scholarship Competition: 1 Saline and 13 Ann Arbor students awarded $2,500

By Danielle Arndt

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Fourteen students from the Ann Arbor area have won $2,500 scholarships in the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship Competition.

These students were selected from more than 15,000 finalists.

The $2,500 awards are the second of three annual award announcements from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

The corporate-sponsored scholarship winners were named last week. There were three students from Ann Arbor who received those awards. The final scholarships to be announced will be college-sponsored.

National Merit $2,500-scholarship winners are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies, said a press release announcing the student recipients. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state's percentage of the nation's graduating high school seniors. There were 90 students selected from throughout Michigan.

Ann Arbor Community High School

Tamar Cohen
Probable career field: Unknown

Rebecca Shipan
Probably career field: Undecided

Ann Arbor Huron High School

Valerie Peng
Probable career field: Materials engineering

Gabrielle Steinl
Probable career field: Pediatrics

Ann Arbor Pioneer High School

Elizabeth Hines
Probably career field: Unknown

Joshua Samuel Kaplan
Probable career field: Academia

Siyan Li
Probable career field: Mathematics

Danny Luan
Probable career field: Medicine

Daniel Rothchild
Probable career field: Undecided

Siddhartha Sarkar
Probable career field: Medicine

Alyssa Skelton
Probable career field: Neurosurgery

Yupeng Wang
Probable career field: Business

Ann Arbor Skyline High School

Emma Borjigin-Wang
Probable career field: Biology

Saline High School

Jessica Lipa
Probable career field: Chemical engineering

Danielle Arndt covers K-12 education for Follow her on Twitter @DanielleArndt or email her at



Wed, May 29, 2013 : 11:16 a.m.

Pioneer did very well.


Thu, May 9, 2013 : 3:47 a.m.

Kudos to the great students and the teachers in the AA Schools for having so many winners!


Thu, May 9, 2013 : 3:03 a.m.

Congratulations of all of them, it takes work to win these scholarships.


Thu, May 9, 2013 : 2:34 a.m.

We should be admire and proudly acknowledge all of these great students!


Thu, May 9, 2013 : 2:07 a.m.

Very proud of those Pioneer kids.