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124 students in Fulton County move toward National Merit scholarships

More than 100 of the 16,000 students nationwide named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program are from non-Atlanta parts of Fulton County.

According to the numbers released Wednesday, there are 124 high school seniors in Fulton.

They are are in the running for the 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million set to be offered in spring.

In all, 1.5 million juniors from about 21,000 high schools entered the National Merit program by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT, or PSAT.


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The pool of national semifinalists amounts to less than 1% of American high school seniors, the group said. The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to how many seniors graduated from that state compared to the rest of the nation.

A semifinalist must have an “outstanding academic record throughout high school” along with a recommendation by a high school official, an essay and high SAT/ACT scores.


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Nearly 90% are expected to move to the finalist round, which requires a detailed scholarship application with their academic record, participation in school/community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors/awards received.

Finalists are set to be notified in February.

Here are the semifinalists:

ALPHARETTA (16 students in total)

Alpharetta High School (14)

Bhardwaj, Palin

Bokil, Suchetas

Colburn, Olivia M.

Gangal, Madhura

Jaganathan, Nikhil

Joshi, Priya

Karadsheh, Dara

Kasibhatla, Varun

Kosaraju, Harika

Lung, Vivia

Plimpton, Zachary T.

Sastry, Abhayasimha

Xie, Kaci

Zhao, Kevin

Fulton Science Academy (1)

Furniss, Charlie R.

Homeschool (1)

Oladeji, Adunola E.

COLLEGE PARK 

WOODWARD ACADEMY (4)

Daly, William M.

Ghanate, Nishita

Gore, William R.

Wombough, Samuel A.

JOHNS CREEK (69 in total)

Chattahoochee High School (12)

Amaro, Brian

Ames, Alexandra

Armstrong, Jillian

Chung, Anna

Dutta, Adiva

Kim, Hyoungjin

Kwon, Yoonseo

Liu, Charles

Peramanu, Suraj

Seo, Jaehun

Sharman, Lindsay

Zhou, Bryan

Johns Creek High School (15)

Buntin, Catherine L.

Buntin, Elizabeth Z.

Chen, Andrew A.

Chen, Catherine G.

Cheng, Christine L.

Dong, Yuzhu

Hong, Ashley Y.

Hu, Bradley

McPherson, Jenna H.

Nagula, Harshita R.

Parker, Luca N.

Qi, Heng

Shen, Jeffery J.

Xue, Ivy

Zendehrouh Kermani, Kian

William and Reed Academy (1)

Fowler, Faith M.

Northview High School (41)

Addis, Abdumamad

Atluri, Venkata 

Birla, Aditya 

Chen, Joanna 

Chung, Sihyun 

Desai, Atharva 

Dhillon, Aditi 

Gong, Melinda 

Her, Sarah 

James, Christina 

Jung, Jun-Ha 

Kang, Randy 

Karanwal, Ishan 

Kim, Junkyu 

Manne, Anish K. 

Martinez, Daniel 

Mohan, Maitraiyee 

Nadella, Aneet 

Ning, Haotong 

O'Neal, Sean 

Pan, Rory 

Patil, Akshay 

Potula, Kapish 

Rallabhandy, Aishwarya J. 

Rao, Neha M. 

Sachde, Adit R. 

Sang, Cherie J. 

Smith, Arjun 

So, Dylan 

Sydow, Mira 

Tang, Steve 

Virani, Arish 

Wang, Andrew 

Wang, Patrick 

Xie, Samuel 

Xu, Amy 

Yang, Ian 

Yuan, Chelsea 

Zhang, Albert 

Zhang, Megan 

Zou, Jason

MILTON (18 in total)

Cambridge High School (8)

Baglodi, Nishant

Jones, Darcy

Kang, Rachael

May, Taelyn

Olejniczak, Joseph J.

Sechrest, Ashley

White, Ethan

White, Jacob

Milton High School (10)

Kochhar, Neil

Kumar, Shreya

Lin, Nicole

Maan, Saad

Mohapatra, Aryaman

Ortwein, Ryan

Patel, Zoey

Ramesh, Shreya

Salyer, Alexandra T.

Wang, Christina

ROSWELL (13 students in total)

Blesse Trinity Catholic High School (2)

DeWalt, Jamie L.

Thompson, Matthew C.

Centennial High School (3)

Favorito, Crystal

Floyd, Eleri

Htay, Mabel

Roswell High School (8)

Ashmead, Maclaen

Esposito, Edward

Firoj, Saima

Frank, Noah

Gandhi, Rohan

Li, Zekun L.

Singer, Samantha

Vrolijk, Robert

SANDY SPRINGS (4 in total)

Homeschool (1)

Brons, Edmund D.

North Springs Charter High School (3)

Goldberg, Ethan

Pearlman, Aviel E.

Speck, Joline


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