Seven Davis High School students were named semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. Another 29 DHS students and one Da Vinci Charter Academy student have been named commended students.
Davis High semifinalists are Padyn Dendulk, Lyah Fitzpatrick, Samuel Koenig, Ellen Ohler, Olivia Taylor, David Yang and Sophie Zhang.
Nationwide, approximately 16,000 semifinalists were announced. These academically talented seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit scholarships that will be offered next spring.
More than 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2019 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 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.
To become a finalist, the semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official and write an essay.
A Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program, will be given to these scholastically talented seniors.
Commended students are, from Davis High, Eugene Chen, Kyu Hyun Choi, Sania Chopra, Carl Csaposs, Yangming Di, Anna Ermoian, Alex Gao, Allyson Kang, Amber Kao, Amanda Kwok, Lauren Lee, Riley Liu, Nathan McAllister, Henry Nagle, Natalie Ries, Kevin Rockwell, Maya Rogalski, Cavan Schraner, Henri Schulz, Sungho Seo, Nathan Solomon, Thomas Sorkin, Ethan Talbert, Connor Tang, Riyan Townsley, Renee Xiang, Anne Zhao, Antony Zhao and Aidan Zimmermann; and Liam Hawkes from Da Vinci Charter Academy.
About 34,000 commended students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the competition, these students placed among the top 50,000 scorers.
“Those being named commended students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”