Posted: September 18, 2014

23 Seniors Named National Merit Semi-Finalists

Semi-Finalists will compete for $33 million in college scholarships

 [Albuquerque, NM]— Twenty-three Albuquerque Public Schools high school seniors have been named semi-finalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.

      These students join some 16,000 semi-finalists from around the nation who will compete for $33 million in scholarships offered in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The semi-finalists are eligible for three types of scholarships: the National Merit Scholarships worth $2,500, corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarships and college-sponsored Merit Scholarships.

      “We are very proud of these students and their accomplishments thus far. We wish them luck as they compete for scholarships,” said APS Interim Superintendent Brad Winter.

      These 23 students qualified as semi-finalists based on their performance on the 2013 pre-SAT. To advance as a finalist, a student must continue to have an outstanding academic record, be recommended by their high school principal, and earn high SAT scores during their junior or senior year. Students also must submit an application with an essay and information about their participation in school and community activities.

      Named as semi-finalists were: from Albuquerque High – Ivan Aidun, Francesca Jarrett, Sarah Mellin and Adam Wood;

      From the Del Norte High – Talon Cox;

      From Eldorado High – Erica Holswade and Suzanne White;

      From La Cueva High – Nicole Chapdelaine, Priyanka Chellappa, Eli Echt-Wilson, Serena Fang, Jonathan Haase, Julia Nakhleh, John O'Brien, Justin Porter, Sarah Salinger-Mullen, Samuel Zhu and Albert Zuo;

      From Manzano High – James Donnelly;

      From Sandia High – Paige Nielson, Amy Swahlan and Ryan Taylor; and

      From Valley High – Cole Burge.