13 CSISD seniors named National Merit Scholar Semifinalist

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  • AMCHS National Merit Semifinalists (left to right):  Lacey Hawthorne, Jennifer Zhan, Michael Sprintson, Hannah Chang, RIva Salzman, Grace Wu, Darragh Farrell, Melissa Rasmussen, Lingyi Fu
  • CSHS National Merit Semifinalists (left to right):  Ioannis Pistikopoulos, Sarah Yao, Anna Bardenhagen, Ilham Thomson

A total of 13 College Station ISD seniors were recently named semifinalists in the 63rd-annual National Merit Scholarship Program announced the National Merit Scholar Corporation.


Since 2003, CSISD has averaged an astounding 12.6 National Merit Semifinalists per year.


CSISD National Merit Semifinalists (CSISD schools attended)


  • Anna Bardenhagen:  (Forest Ridge, Cypress Grove, CSMS, CSHS)
  • Hannah Chang:  (Pebble Creek, Oakwood, AMCMS, AMCHS)
  • Darragh Farrell:  (AMCHS)
  • Lingyi Fu:  (AMCMS, AMCHS)
  • Lacey Hawthorne:  (Pebble Creek, Oakwood, AMCMS, AMCHS)
  • Ioannis Pistikopoulos:  (CSHS)
  • Melissa Rasmussen:  (Pebble Creek, Oakwood, AMCMS, AMCHS)
  • Riva Salzman:  (South Knoll, Oakwood, AMCMS, AMCHS)
  • Michael Sprintson:  (Pebble Creek, Oakwood, AMCMS, AMCHS)
  • Ilham Thomson:  (CSHS)
  • Grace Wu:  (AMCHS)
  • Sarah Yao:  (College Hills, South Knoll, Oakwood, CSMS, CSHS)
  • Jennifer Zhan:  (Pebble Creek, Oakwood, AMCMS, AMCHS)

The 13 CSISD students are now in a pool of approximately 16,000 semifinalists nationwide and are competing for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth a total of approximately $32 million.  About 90% of the semifinalists are expected to be named finalists and of those, around half will win a National Merit Scholarship and earn the prestigious National Merit Scholar title.

 

Approximately 1.5 million juniors entered the 2017 scholarship program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The nationwide pool of semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.

Scholarship winners for 2018 will be announced in a series of press releases beginning in April and concluding in May.


CSISD National Merit Semifinalists by year:

  • 2003:  7
  • 2004:  10
  • 2005:  9
  • 2006:  17
  • 2007:  17
  • 2008:  7
  • 2009:  16
  • 2010:  9
  • 2011:  11
  • 2012:  15
  • 2013:  14
  • 2014:  12
  • 2015:  12
  • 2016:  20
  • 2017:  13
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