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71 Parkway Students Earn National Merit Recognition

Twenty-six Parkway students recently qualified as 2009 National Merit Semifinalists (NMSC) and 45 earned Commended status.  While Parkway students comprise less than two percent of total Missouri school enrollment, they represent nearly 9 percent of Missouri’s students who qualified for National Merit Semifinalists.   Some 16,000 students – 319 in Missouri – representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, have qualified as National Merit Semifinalists.

More than 1.5 million juniors in over 21,000 high schools entered the 2009 National Merit Program by taking the 2007 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants.  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.

Semifinalists have an opportunity to continue in the program to further qualify for nearly 8,200 merit scholarship awards, worth $35 million, that will be offered next spring.  To be considered for a merit scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition.  About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and approximately half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

Following are the Parkway National Merit Semifinalists:

Central High:  Anna H. Dardick, Kevin Guo, Will N. Hack, Jeffrey Huang, Erin S. Li, Jason Q. Liang, Elliot M. Liebman, Thomas A. Morrell, William J. Sun, Jonathan E. Taterka, Zhimeng Yang
North High:  Rebecca Corman, Brad G. Donaldson, Courtney E. Gray, Jack B. Regenbogen, Abigail L. Scribner
South High:  Lauren A.Gajdosik, Laura K. Maguire, Firas A. Naji, Sarah G. Wilson, Xiaoran Xu, Doreen Y. Zhang
West High:  Laura J. Bonner, Andrew C. Davidson, Peter E. Holly, Alaina J. Radnov

Following are the Parkway National Merit Commended Students:

Central High:  Mitchell A. Baggett, Alexandra N. Beck, Kara C. Bradley, Shengmin A. E, David R. Goldstein, Jonathan A. Levy, Sara J. Rasmussen, Allison G. Silverstein, Daniel M. Weisel, Rebecca L. Wright, Andrew J. Zhang
West High:  Bradley P. Arnell, Diane T. Duros, John P. Eason, Adam P. Friedman, Leah Friedman, Christian P. Johnson, Dan Morris, Yen M. Nguyen, Marilyn L. Piccirillo, Samantha S. Yang
North High:  Gregory D. Brown, Eric S. Fleddermann, Cynthia L. Graeler, Melissa D. Guller, Marjorie A. Heideman, Jonathan M. Hodnefield, Lauren R. Hull, Julian Hung, Aravinth Karunanandaa, Victoria L. Ngo-Lam, Pulkit M. Sabherwal, Josh H. Wangler, Jonathan H. Williams
South High:  Mostafa Abdel-Hamid, Luke J. Andrea, Ryan T. DeBolt, Jason L. Dong, Joseph D. Haenni, Benjamin Hoener, Trinity S. James, Katherine R. Layher, Ashley J. Ridgdill, Chelsea W. Scott, Andrew D. Williams