Cate Seniors in National Merit Scholarship Program
updated: Sep 17, 2013, 3:39 PM
By Edhat Subscriber
Two Cate seniors have been named Semifinalists in the 2013-2014 National Merit Scholarship Program
and another twelve have been named Commended Students. The students have been selected as a
result of their high PSAT scores and their outstanding academic achievement and promise, according to
the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which made the announcement earlier this month.
Erika Noble of Moreno Valley, CA and Jean Shen of Santa Rosa Valley, CA are two of approximately
16,000 Semifinalists, placing them in the top 1% of high school scorers on the PSAT, which they took
last spring as juniors. Mohamad Batal of Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia, Emily Brahma of Jersey City, NJ,
Nicholas Burns of Ventura, CA, Christiana Choi of Bundang, South Korea, Lacy Douglas of Reno, NV,
Hyesan Lee of Los Angeles, CA, Harrison Louie of San Francisco, CA, Sydney Luca-Lion of Santa Barbara,
CA, Anna Lueck of Vashon, WA, Rachel Pak of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, Andrew Smith of Santa Fe, NM,
and Monica Wang of Shanghai, China are in the top 2% of scorers as Commended Students. All were
selected from a nationwide pool of about 1.5 million students in 22,000 high schools.
The semifinalist distinction is especially notable in California, which this year was one of three states
that required the highest qualifying scores. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the
state's percentage of the national total of graduating seniors, and the qualifying score for Semifinalists
is determined state-by-state to ensure that academically talented young people from all parts of the
U.S. are included.
Each year, the National Merit Scholarship Program offers 8,000 scholarships worth a total of $35 million
to the highest scoring entrants in each state. The awards laud high school students' academic success
and encourage future academic excellence in college. Semifinalists Noble and Shen will be competing
for funds that will be awarded next spring.
"We're so proud of these fourteen students for the excellence they've shown both in and out of the
classroom," said Headmaster Ben Williams. "Here at Cate we're well acquainted with their promise and
achievements - it's a pleasure to see that they are being recognized more widely."
(from top left) Seniors Harrison Louie, Nick Burns, Andrew Smith, Anna Lueck, Mohamad Batal, Erika Noble, Lacy Douglas, (from bottom left) Rachel Pak,
Hyesan Lee, Emily Brahma, Sydney Luca-Lion, Monica Wang, Christiana Choi, Jean Shen have been recognized by the 2013-14 National Merit Scholarship
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