HISD Students among Semifinalists for National Merit Scholarship

Fifty-six seniors from six different HISD high schools are among the semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship program.  These students will have the opportunity to compete for more than 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.

“The National Merit Scholarship Program has a long tradition of excellence,” said HISD Superintendent Terry Grier. “We are extremely proud of these students being recognized nationally for their academic achievements.  Their accomplishments are a testament to their dedication and hard work.”

To be considered for this scholarship program, about 1.5 million high school juniors took the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, about 16,000 students, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

To become a finalist, the semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. 

The selected semifinalist students are from the following HISD high schools: Bellaire High School, Carnegie Vanguard High School, DeBakey High School for Health Professions, the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Lamar High School, and Westside High School.

 The 2013 National Merit Scholarship Winners will be announced starting in April 2013. 

National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Bellaire High School                                

  • Andrew M. Alter                                                         
  • Zara Khan       
  • Lindsey D. Alter                                                         
  • Joseph C. Lau
  • Halla Bearden                                                             
  • Kirby J. Ledvina
  • Christina M. Breitbeil  
  • Benjamin Liu
  • Kevin Chen                                                              
  •  Jacqueline H. Luo                                                             
  • Blaine A. Cole                                                           
  • Aaron J. Mao
  • Andrei V. Didenko                                                     
  • Helen S. Mazella
  • Xinghua Dou                                                              
  • Alexander L. Mo          
  • Molly G. Dyer                                                           
  • Adarsh Nednur
  • Peter O. Elmers                                                          
  • Willis Nguy
  • Katherine Fang                                                            
  • Amanda K. Pevehouse
  • Alexander Franshaw                                                   
  • Holly S. Reichert                                                                
  • Garland R. Gay                                                           
  • Diana T. Ruan
  • Anneliese M. Gest                                                       
  • Yulan L. Shih
  • Sarah K. Godwin                                                        
  • Jun Ling Tao                   
  • Carrie X. Jiang                                                              
  • Edward D. Yun
  • Vivek Kantamani                                                                                                                                 

                           Carnegie Vanguard High School

  •  Kiera M. Brown
  • William J. Larsen
  • Sam M. Dietrich
  • Jonathan E. Vincent
  • Daniel Dreyfuss


                       DeBakey High School for Health Professions

  • Shannon E. Ahmed
  •  Tariq A. Patanam
  • Mohammad F. Bilal                                                  
  • Tiffany Pham
  • Anchit R. Khanna                                                  
  • Smruti Rath
  • Jeremiah M. Lee                                                     
  • Kristen L. Thompson
  • Nathalie C. Meremikwu                                 
  • Serene R. Yu

                    High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

  • Josef M. Lamel                     
  • Palmer L. Mills
  • Auburn H. Lee                                              
  • Jyron Walls
  • Amy Mattox

Lamar High School

  • Ashley Alcantara                                                        
  • Angela Chang                    

Westside High School

  • Konstantinos K. Varvarezos