At Del Norte, we’re no strangers to success—we’ve managed to make quite a name for ourselves in three short years, academically speaking.
So it’s no huge surprise that the Class of 2013 can now add 14 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists to its long list of achievements. Seniors Nithish Arunkumar, Tammy Chen, Sahil Chinoy, Rick Jung, Joyce Lee, Margaret Lee, Kimberly Liu, Michelle Niu, Sruthi Ramesh, Shraman Ray Chaudhuri, Jungwoo Son, Michael You, Sunny Zhang, and Jessica Zhou were selected based on their 2011 PSAT scores; the cutoff is around 220 in California.
Across the nation, nearly all college-bound juniors take the PSAT in hopes that he or she might be one of the 16,000 students awarded this honor. From there, they are given the chance to become one of 8,300 Merit Scholarship winners.
Rancho Bernardo had 13 semifinalists, Westview had 16, and Poway had four.
The marvelous level of achievement these 14 students have reached serves to identify the Class of 2013 as a unique one. They started out with little direction, but with the resources and guidance bestowed upon them by teachers and mentors, they’ll leave behind a path for future classes to soar up into greatness.