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11 Gwinnett schools have national merit semifinalists

National Merit Semifinalists

Berkmar High:

Mati T. Nemera

Brookwood High:

Nicholas J. Bond; Hannah Lee; Zahra Vasaya; and Martha S. Weber

Collins Hill High:

Riley M. Poynter

Duluth High:

Justin J. Choi, Nicole O. Hofmann, Ebuka Imachukwu, Jasmine D. Pillarisetti, Jason S. Wang, and Angela L. Zhang

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology:

Ryan T. Clark, Rachel E. Cooper, Yu Kyung Han, Erika L. Ikizake, William H. Jin, Ryan Kelly, Melissa L. Kuester, Cameron J. Rhodes, Mark Wang, and Michael Wang

Grayson High:

Christina T. Lanier

Mill Creek High:

Brian T. Horst, Joshua D. Neely, and Hyeonwoo Shim

Mountain View High:

Stephen B. Jenkins and Mary K. Wirl

North Gwinnett High:

Lauren B. Aycock, Eunhye Choi, Jason T. Feng, Apoorva Gangavelli, Caroline M. Howard, and Kamillah J. Kassam

Parkview High:

Aprotim C. Bhowmik, Nicholas S. Button, William D. Freeman, Scott P. Schultz, Lihua Shu, Michael A. Yu

Peachtree Ridge High:

David T. Chen, Brian H. Chung, Nitant Dandekar, Hasit Dewan, Emily R. Evans, Andrew K. Huff, Leigh E. Johnson, Sujay Kalathoor, Jaerin Lee, Natalie C. Murray, Grace S. Pak, Leesa C. Quinlan, Tithi S. Raval, and Rikhil R. Shah

Listed among the nation’s brightest in the high school senior class, 54 Gwinnett County Public Schools students have qualified as 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists, which were announced on Tuesday.

They represent 11 GCPS high schools, and are among about 16,000 students from across the country who will compete for the official National Merit Scholar title, which comes with thousands of dollars in scholarships. The winners of the scholarships, which are worth $35 million overall, will be announced in the spring.

Peachtree Ridge High had the most recipients with 14, followed by the Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology with 10. Duluth High, North Gwinnett High and Parkview each had six semifinalists.

GCPS had 52 semifinalists last year.

The competition is based on college entrance exam scores, and the semifinalists compete for 8,000 National Merit Scholarships. The initial screening began when the students took the preliminary SAT or National Merit Scholarship. The semifinalists are the highest scoring entrants in each state.