Arcadia High is Home to 27 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Twenty seven Arcadia High School students have been named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists. Less than one percent of high school seniors across the nation have this recognition.

About 1.6 million high school junior across more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program when they took the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. There were 16,000 semifinalists named, and those that move forward will get the chance to compete for about 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million.

“This is always such an exciting and distinguished honor for our students,” said Dr. David Vannasdall, Superintendent of Arcadia Unified School District. “It also speaks volumes to the quality of teachers we are fortunate to have throughout the entire district.” 

The 27 Arcadia high students face a lot of pressure to be named finalists. For the last three years in a row, all Arcadia High semifinalists were named finalists.

The Arcadia High School National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists are listed below:

  • Janine Chan
  • Bryan Chang
  • Cindy Chang
  • Simone Chu
  • Samuel Cui
  • Daniel Harnanto
  • Cathleen Huang
  • Cecilia Lee
  • Wendy Lee
  • Yue Liang
  • Yi Hsuan Lin
  • Kimberly Lo
  • Donna Sayphraraj
  • Nora Sharp
  • Brianna Sun
  • Yanxi Tang
  • Justin Tay
  • Tiffany Tsui
  • Nicholas Ung
  • William Wang
  • Charles Xu
  • Cathleen Yang
  • Isabell Yang
  • Pearl Yang
  • Keerthana Yogananthan
  • Stanley Yu
  • Lucy Zhang

Photo courtesy of Arcadia Unified School District.



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