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Congrats to Contra Costa County 2013 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists!

By Theresa Harrington
Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 at 12:04 pm in Education.

More than 100 Contra Costa County students were named as semifinalists in the presigious 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program today, among approximately 16,000 nationwide. Congratulations!

The program recognizes “academically talented high school seniors” who have the opportunity to compete for about 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million to be offered next spring, according to a news release.

Semifinalists and their high schools must submit a scholarship application providing details about the students’ academic record to become finalists, along with participation in campus and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, and awards and honors received. In addition, they must have outstanding academic records throughout high school, be recommended and endorsed by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores confirming the students’ earlier performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

About 90 percent are expected to become finalists, with more than half winning a National Merit Scholarship and earning the Merit Scholar® title. Winners will be announced beginning in April.

Below is a list of semifinalists from Contra Costa County, listed alphabetically by the cities in which their schools are located.

However, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation offers this caution: “Using numbers of Semifinalists to compare high schools, educational systems, or states will result in erroneous conclusions. The National Merit® Scholarship Program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The program does not measure the quality or effectiveness of education within a school, system, or state. For more information about the competition, please visit NMSC’s website at”

Jankowski, John J.
Pericich Jr., John I.

Arrighi, Tess C.
Han, Sae Ah

Choi, Kelvin J.
Cook, Connor S.
Herman, Joshua
Hsi, Erin
Jang, Bo Yoon
Kennedy, Karen L.
Kim, Jisu
Ma, Nathan
Mason, James D.
Nayeri, Mina
Oh, Myung Jin
Peng, Nicholas S.
Roy, Bidisha K.
Shear, Benjamin P.
Sorayya, Aryo
Su, Ziyue
Wong, Kevin G.

Dias, Alicia J.

Xi, Kelly

Grossman, Elliot A.
Pardo, Sarah K.
Usinger, Brett W.

Lupan, Bianca M.
Narayan, Vivek
Nash, Jeffrey M.

Chan, Kyle
Cheng, Julia C.
Chiang, Eric S.
Freeman, Matthew
Gledhill, Arianna M.
Ho, Eric A.
Jin, Suying
Kang, Yiming
Li, Natalie S.
Liu, Sydney
Peng, Kevin Y.
Sun, Cameron H.
Vittimberga, Brooke
Wright, Roman Q

Bittner, Kelsey C.
Chiu, Josh
Choi, Nicholas
Hass, Julia A.
Levine, Reese G.
Li, Jessica B.
Lim, Matthew J.
Martin, Kelly
Pang, Clark C.
Ting, Julia
Woodin, Wendy H.

Cheng, Hsiang
Gath, Kenneth J.
Gole, Shalaka
Kim, Seohyun
Kumar, Ashwin
Li, Lucy Z.
Patel, Anand M.
Zhang, Jiemeng

Cai, Trevor Y.
Chan, Vincent
Chen, Andrew
Chen, Patrick
Dutta, Avishek
Han, Seunghwa M.
Jois, Nikhil K.
Kalyan, Srivathsan
Lin, Louis S.
Liu, Patrick
Ma, Mary Y.
Man, Colin
Muttineni, Vihari
Nelson, Andrew C.
Nibber, Vikrum S.
Pan, Grace A.
Park, Michael
Patel, Sachin
Peng, Jiachun
Pok, Daniel G.
Roesslein, Riley D.
Son, Lorren
Su, Brian Y.
Ting, Nelson
Tong, Benjamin
Unwalla, Daanish
Wang, Andrew L.
Wang, Elaina J.
Wang, Eric
Wang, Xuanyi
Wen, Lily
Zhang, Grace Y.
Zhao, Andrew A.
Zhao, Michelle L.
Zou, Roger G.

Broadbent, Aaron J.

Hwang, Yeonjoo
Katrak, Christopher C.
Prasad, Karthik
Shing, Brian J.

Do you believe students in Contra Costa County are well-prepared to take the PSAT/NMSQT?

Here is the entire statewide list:

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15 Responses to “Congrats to Contra Costa County 2013 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists!”

  1. vindex Says:

    The PSAT is an indicator test. Not a knowledge test. It is designed to assess the success of a student at a four year university. It is a common mistake to believe that the schools prepare the students to be able to take this test.

  2. Pyrrhic Victory Says:

    Would you please post the California state list of Semifinalists in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program?

  3. Theresa Harrington Says:

    I posted Contra Costa semifinalists because that is our main coverage area. The entire state list is several pages long. Is there a specific city you are interested in?

  4. Pyrrhic Victory Says:

    I have collected the California list for the last several years for purposes of comparison by location, intended area of study, school, etc., but haven’t yet seen this year’s CA list posted. Could you post or email a pdf? Thanks!

  5. Lisa Says:

    Would you please post or email the california list of Semifinalist in the 2013 National Merit scholarship Program for Simi Valley (CA)?

  6. Theresa Harrington Says:

    I’ll have to hunt for that.

  7. Lisa Says:

    You are awesome.

  8. Lisa Says:

    You can send email to me if you could. Thanks

  9. Lisa Says:

    Did you get Simi valley yet

  10. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Lisa: According to the press release, there was one Simi Valley HS semi-finalist: Manasa Ashok.

    Here is a link to the entire list:

  11. Lisa Says:

    Thanks so much, you are awesome!!!

  12. Theresa Harrington Says:

    You’re welcome! Now that I have google drive, I will be able to upload the entire press release in the future.

  13. Michelle L Says:

    Hello Theresa, I was wondering if the Contra Costa Times will also publish the list of the National Merit Finalists.

  14. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Since it is time-consuming to copy and paste all the names, I may post the Contra Costa and Alameda county finalists, them link to a google doc of the entire list.

  15. Theresa Harrington Says:

    FYI, here’s a scholarship opportunity for high school seniors and college undergrads who are working to fight against AIDS and HIV:

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