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Fourteen SMUHSD Seniors Awarded National Merit Scholarships

National Merit LogoFourteen outstanding San Mateo Union High School District seniors have been awarded National Merit Scholarships. The monetary prizes are regarded as being among the most prestigious available to U.S. secondary students. The 14 District National Merit honorees are:

  • Michael Chang, Mills
  • Ellen Chao, Aragon
  • Ryan Chapman, Capuchino
  • Joshua DeWitt, Aragon
  • Margaret Dong, San Mateo
  • Hannah Doyle, Hillsdale
  • Sagrika Jawadi, Aragon
  • Carolin Jia, Aragon
  • Juliet Lee, Hillsdale
  • Matthew Lee, Mills
  • Rebecca Pei, Burlingame
  • Justin Sell, Aragon
  • Kelvin Yang, Aragon
  • Cindy Zhang, San Mateo

Competition for National Merit Scholarships is nationwide and rigorous. More than 1.6 million juniors from 22,000 high schools took the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in order to begin the process to vie for the 2017 awards. This year, officials of the National Merit Scholarship program have announced that about 7,500 high-achieving U.S. high school seniors have been named National Merit winners. The total value of those scholarships is estimated to be nearly $32 million, sponsored by and funded by colleges and universities, U.S. corporations and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation itself. The National Merit Scholarship program, based in Evanston, IL, was begun in the mid-1950s. It is now more than 60-years-old.

Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis Published:6/8/17
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