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Blazers advance to National Merit Finalist and National Achievement Finalist status

Finalists now can compete for higher education scholarships

By Kevin Teng, Online News Editor
February 15, 2008
All forty-three National Merit Semifinalists at Blair have advanced to the Finalist stage of the 2008 National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP). Six black Blazers have become National Achievement Finalists.

After becoming semifinalists by scoring above a cutoff on the Preliminary SAT test (PSAT), taken in the fall of junior year, all 43 National Merit Semifinalists fulfilled several academic requirements to become finalists. A full list of requirements is available at the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) web site

Each finalist is eligible to compete for several different scholarship competitions, including some sponsored by the NMSC and others through corporations and colleges. The NMSC awards $2,500 scholarships to 8,200 students between the months of March and June.

To learn more about the NMSP, visit the NMSP web site. Information about the National Achievement Scholarship Program is available here.

The National Merit Finalists from the Montgomery Blair High School class of 2008 are:
Vijay Baharani
Jack Berry
Katherine Bertaut
William Bucher
Sam Bullard-Sisken
William Burton
Noori Chai
Jason Choi
Caleb Fan
Malcolm Foley
Hareesh Ganesan
Priyanka Gokhale
Walker Hatchett
Andrew Kannan
Sarah Kinter
Andrew Kung
Benjamin Lee
David Li
Kun Li
Zhengzhe Liu
Priyanka Nargundkar
Timothy Peng
Jocelin Potash
Molly Reed
Seth Reeker
Jasleen Salwan
Nilan Schnure
Noah Sennett
Christopher Silberholz
Rachita Sood
Thomas Stokes
Nitin Sukumar
Susan Thomas
Timothy Visclosky
Ryan Waldman
Jenny Wang
Thomas Warner
Louis Wasserman
Yi Yuan
Junqian Zhang
Cong Zhao
Julie Zhu
Christina Zou

The National Achievement Finalists from the Montgomery Blair High School class of 2008 are:
Ashley Cantave
Keisha Carr
Malcolm Foley
Sean Mbachu
Rehana Mohammed
Betsir Zemen