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Eighteen LHWHS Students Earn National Merit Semifinalist Honors

Eighteen Ladue Horton Watkins High School seniors have been named Semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition.

The competition provides scholarships to the nation’s top scorers on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) typically taken during a student’s junior year.

The assessment evaluates students in the areas of Reading, Writing and Language, and Math.

The 18 Semifinalists are:

  • Olivia Biernacki
  • Yuvan Chali
  • Lillian Chen
  • Olivia Hu
  • Matthew Huang
  • Richie Jiang
  • David Ju
  • Nicole Li
  • Bryson Liang
  • Liam Oiknine
  • Megan Ouyang
  • Emily Shaw
  • Andrew Teh
  • Jeremy Wang
  • Max Yang
  • Josh Yin
  • Allen You
  • Edward Zhang

Of the roughly 1.5 million entrants each year, around 15,000 with the highest test scores qualify for recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program as Semifinalists.

Students then are invited to apply for a National Merit Scholarship and hope to earn Finalist recognition by meeting high academic standards, providing information about their activities and leadership, being recommended by a school official, and writing an essay.

About half of all Finalists will receive a Merit Scholarship Award, which is available in three forms: a $2500 National Merit Scholarship, a corporate-sponsored scholarship, or a college-sponsored scholarship.

Finalist honors will be announced in February and scholarship awards will be announced beginning in March.

LHWHS National Merit Semifinalists