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2023’s National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Maya Fu
Less than 1% of the graduating senior class qualifies to be a National Merit Semifinalist.

This year, 16 students from Huron, out of 78 students from Washtenaw County and out of 16,000 nationwide, were nominated as semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship. These students are listed below: 

Max Z. Bian

Akshar S. Cowlagi

Aidan A. Gadepalli

Anita A. Gaenko

Tai Karir

Doyeon Kim

Teyin A. Kim

Vanya Krishna

Ethan H. Ku

Nathan S. Leung

Zachary E. Lin

Melinda Mei

Samuel P. Regenbogen

Madhav Sivadasan

Bradley E. Spector

Anirudh S. Venkat

To qualify, a student must be enrolled as a high school student planning to attend college, and achieve a certain score above a certain index on the PSAT/NMSQT in their junior year of high school.  They must also have exceptional academic record throughout the entirety of high school, and have letters of recommendation written by a high school official, such as a principal. Along with that, they must write an essay and later, earn other standardized testing (like the SAT or ACT) scores that reinforce how they performed on the previous preliminary test. 

To be a National Merit Scholarship finalist, semifinalists submit scholarship applications that include more detailed information regarding their academic record, leadership roles, honors, awards, and more. 

“I’m very honored to be given this title,” semifinalist Nathan Leung said. “I did a lot of SAT studying to prepare.” 


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Maya Fu, Website Editor-in-Chief
Maya is currently in 11th grade, and this is her third year on the Emery's staff. Maya is on the varsity tennis team, does ballet, plays cello, and hosts a podcast called This Person I Met on Spotify. In her free time, she likes reading and writing. Maya's favorite movie is Pride and Prejudice (the 2005 version) and her favorite flavor of ice cream is cookie dough.
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