The Fort Bend Independent School District is proud to announce the names of 48 students who have been named semifinalists in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. To put that number in perspective, Fort Bend ISD has one of the highest percentages of National Merit Semifinalists among the larger school districts in Texas.
The 48 semifinalists were selected from more than 1.5 million high school students in more than 22,000 United States high schools who entered the 2013 Merit Program by taking the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.
Fort Bend ISD’s 2013 National Merit semifinalists by campus are:
• Austin High School – Ryan Ding, Steven Haussmann, Anthony Hresko, Azim Pothiawala, Yash Tarkunde, Courtney Walker, Tucker Westfall, Lawrence Wu, and Travis Yeh;
• Clements High School – Sarah Bernardo, Steven Gutzwiller, Christopher Herzog, Megan Kallus, Naureen Kheraj, Kimberly Khoo, Claire Kimutis, Anna Kong, Maxwell Lee, Chang Liu, Douglas Mill, Quan Nguyen, Alexandra Parsons, James Paul, Jack Ren, Lilly Shen, Kyle Smith, Benjamin Tu, Brian Wang, Cassie Wang, Haotian Wu, Sang Xie and Samuel Younan;
• Dulles High School – Daniel Fan, Peter Feng, Kevin Javier, Jonathan Keller, Jorge Martorell, Robert Shen, Sarah Sun and Emily Wu;
• Hightower High School – Sanjiv Gopalkrishnan;
• Kempner High School – Theresa Cockerham, Haley Escamilla, Brittany Irizarry and Christopher Sabbagh;
• Travis High School – Swathi Ariyapadi, Priyanka Chandraker and Elizabeth Gerzina.
These high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 8,300 Merit Scholarship awards valued at $32 million that will be offered next spring.