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Thirty-three Parkway Students Qualify as National Merit Semifinalists

Parkway has 33 students who recently qualified as National Merit Semifinalists in the 2005 National Merit Scholarship Program. Some 16,000 students, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, have qualified as National Merit Semifinalists. These students now have an opportunity to continue in the program to further qualify for nearly 8,200 Merit Scholarship awards, worth $33.9 million, that will be offered next spring. Following are the Parkway semifinalists: Central High: Lauren Burack, Joseph Hutchings, Emily Johnson, Julie Knight, Intelly Lee, Jimmy Li, Dianna Liu, Kristen Moore, Hetal Shah, Sharon Traiberman, Chad Trausch, Lauren Walter, Peter Wright and Diana Zhou. North High: Adam Dorhauer, Matthew Gaertner, Hyunkyu Han, Lauren Katz, Sharon Mooney, Hannah Shayer and Yeji Shim. South High: Aaron Abromowitz, Matthew Butler, Ryan Game, Christina Ma, Peter Maginot, Elizabeth Meany and Jason Veatch. West High: Jonathan Arnell, Jennifer Brown, Eric Feng, Anna Fletcher and Colyn Gremaud. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation is an independent not-for-profit organization that conducts privately financed annual competitions for recognition and college undergraduate scholarships through two programs —the National Merit Scholarship Program and the National Achievement Scholarship Program. Of the 1.3 million entrants, some 50,000 high school students with the highest Preliminary SAT scores will qualify for National Merit Scholarship Program recognition. The top scorers earn National Merit Semifinalist status, followed by National Merit Commended status. In addition, African-American students compete in the National Achievement Scholarship Program, and academically outstanding students of Hispanic origin are recognized through the National Hispanic Recognition Program. For additional information, visit www.nationalmerit.org.