Nineteen Arlington students are semifinalists in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Competition. Semifinalists are the highest scoring entrants in each state and represent less than one percent of the nation's seniors.
The Arlington students are among the 16,000 semifinalists named nationally. More than 1.5 million students competed when they were juniors by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test . These students will have the opportunity to compete for approximately 7,600 Merit Scholarship awards totaling $33 million. Every finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit $2,500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state representational basis.
The semifinalists include:
H-B Woodlawn: Alexandra Gartner, Amanda Hayes
Washington-Lee High School: Andrew Fleckenstein, Quinn Montante, Isaac Mortimer-Lotke, Donia Nichols, Claire Spaulding, and Katherine Windham
Yorktown High School: Jacqueline Anders, Keaton Anderson, Will Clay, Madeline Gardner, Margot Hanclich, Emma Hobday, Adam Howard, Warren McQueary, Joseph Potochny, Griffin Romanek, and Sydney Stocks
In addition, nine students from Arlington County attending Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (in Fairfax) have been named National Merit semifinalists. They include: Corwin De Boor, Nolan M. Kataoka, David H. Lanman, Rebecca Merriman-Goldring, John X. Morris, Claire E. Murphy, Sushrutha P. Reddy, Zane M. Rossi, and Katherine Salamido.