X

124 students in Fulton County move toward National Merit scholarships

A school bus driver in Wisconsin was able to comfort a young boy who was distraught on the first day of school.
A school bus driver in Wisconsin was able to comfort a young boy who was distraught on the first day of school.

Credit: Taken/Pixabay

Credit: Taken/Pixabay

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.


READ | Alpharetta denies vape shop as vaping debate continues

READ | Sandy Springs' most notable tree to be removed due to safety concerns


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.


READ | Abuse ran rampant at fake Fulton school for troubled kids, police say


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


Like North Fulton County News Now on Facebook | Follow on Twitter


In other news...