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128 Seniors Named Semifinalists
in National Merit Program

September 12, 2012

National Merit LogoPlano ISD joins with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation in recognizing 128 seniors who have been awarded National Merit Semifinalist status. These Plano ISD students are among 16,000 academically talented seniors who have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 8,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $36 million to be awarded next spring.

To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, semifinalists must fulfill arduous academic and application requirements to advance to the finalist level of competition. Of the estimated 90 percent of the semifinalists who achieve Finalist standing, approximately half will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

Superintendent of Schools Richard Matkin said, “I congratulate each of these outstanding students receiving this honor recognizing individual performance, academic ability and the potential for successful pursuit of rigorous college programs. Our district salutes each of these scholastic champions and wishes them success in their endeavors to advance in this prestigious scholarship program.”

Congratulations, Semifinalists!

Plano East Senior High School

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Vedika Agrawal
Akul Arora
Nicolas M. Bergstein
Vishal R. Bhat
Amanda D. Brown
Christina Bui
Benjamin A. Carroll
Punya Chittajallu
Alex Z. Dao
Ishrat Hafiz
Meiqiong Hong
Brendan P. Hopper
Stanley G. Joseph
Farzin Khoshravan
Ellen J. Kim
Shane Kok
Ryan H. Kwon
Adrienne Lamb

 

Matthew H. Laux
Shannon H. Lee
William F. McEowen
Eszter Mihaly
Daniel T. Nguyen
Gokul Prabhakaran
Arjun U. Sachdeva
Jasmair S. Sangha
Susana A. Serralde
Shreya K. Shenoy
Christopher Sicking
Robert S. Stricklin
Victor Tieu
Helen Wang
Wilhelmina D. Watts
Andrew R. Wei
Karl J. White
Edward Zhao

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Plano Senior High School

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Bryan P. An
Achyuta N. Burra
Amanda K. Chandler
Eric Chen
Susan Chen
Zi-Khan L. Cheung
Logan S. Crossley
James C. Darling
Zachary J. Dewey
Scott M. Fisher
Ben Y. Fu
Rachel J. Goldman
Benjamin G. Greenho
Justin R. Hairston
Paul J. Hellemn
Rachel A. Hodge
Aileen Y. Huang
Sarah Huang
Derek P. Hui
Alisha S. Karkera
Abby E. Krach
Ian S. Kwan

 

Keum Yong Lee
Kimberly K. Lennox
Rachel W. Li
Nicholas Liu
Max C. Lu
Joanna Ma
Madeleine Q. Ma
Kimberly L. Mei
William A. Mills
Kevin Allen Ong
Shruthi N. Prabhu
Tian Qiu
Nishesh Sharma
Ting E. Wang
Margaret M. Wu
Marilyn Wu
Stephen W. Xi
Amy Xia
Ray Xia
Michael Yang
Anthony Y. Zhang
Daniel L. Zhang

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Plano West Senior High School

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Young-Cho An
Shira Beder
Patrick T. Celsus
Eric Chao
Andrew H. Chen
Samuel R. Cheng
Albert P. Chung
Cory E. Dunn
Yue Gao
Shreya Ghoshal
Micah A. Gilbert
Michael P. Gioia
Camille W. Goldstein
Cosette M. Goldstein
Vicky Gu
Robert J. Holland
Jonathan L. Huang
Kevin Huang
Michael M. Hwang
Elizabeth Kang
Srishti Kapur
Kwonsu J. Lee
Jessica Lin
Emma V. Livingston

 

Preston A. Maness
Colleen P. Maney
Lesley A. Miller
Carlos A. Molina
Olivia T. Nguyen
Naina M. Noorani
Taiyi Ouyang
Surya R. Pochareddy
Grant T. Powell
Evan C. Remmele
Midori E. Rinkliff
David C. Rosen
Shravan V. Shaastri
Andrew R. Su
Daniel G. Suh
Emily Y. Tang
Shannon Wan
Tim T. Wang
Gordon Werthmann
Dennis R. Wu
Kimberley Yu
Daniela Yuan
Kelsey Zhu
Jennifer C. Ziauddin

 

 

 

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“I congratulate each of these outstanding students receiving this honor recognizing individual performance, academic ability and the potential for successful pursuit of rigorous college programs. Our district salutes each of these scholastic champions and wishes them success in their endeavors to advance in this prestigious scholarship program.”

~ Richard Matkin
Superintendent of Schools