All 27 TUHSD National Merit Semifinalists advance as Finalists


All 27 seniors from four schools in the Tempe Union High School District, who were selected last fall as 2017 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists, have now been named 2017 National Merit Finalists. The finalists include students from Desert Vista, Corona del Sol, McClintock and Mountain Pointe.

The winners of Merit Scholarship awards will be chosen from the group of finalists based on their abilities, skills and accomplishments. There are an estimated 7,500 National Merit Scholarships available. The total worth is about $33 million. Each of the finalists also receives an official certificate signifying their status as a finalist.

According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, the pool of Semifinalists, about 16,000 students nationwide, represented less than one percent of United States high school seniors. They students were required to have outstanding academic records throughout high school, demonstrated leadership abilities, participation in school and community activities. They also had to be recommended by the school principal, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirmed the students’ earlier performances on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

TUHSD’s 2017 National Merit Scholarship Finalists
McClintock High School:
Sidney Belitsky
Bobby Chen
Carmela Guaglianone
Thomas Kaplan
Marceau Phillips

Mountain Pointe High School:
Mica Stewart

Corona del Sol High School:
Praveen Balaji
Daniel Bish
Ryan Kittle
Katerina Liong
Nomith Murari
Adlar Tao

Desert Vista High School:
Mya Carrizosa
Jocelyn Chen
Kyle Corrette
Hannah Fuchs
Brandon Jiang
Matthew Jobe
Bobae Johnson
Dylan Ketcham
Jaeyoung Kim
Nehya Parvathala
Tyler Ruan
Kendall Schwartz
Alice Wong
Kai Yin
Sang Bo Yoon

Tempe Union High School District honored these students during its annual National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists Reception. It was held Monday, Nov. 21, 2016 at Desert Vista High School.