Nearly a quarter of the senior classes at Gunn and Palo Alto high schools have been named either 2012 National Merit Semifinalists or Commended Students, the Palo Alto school district announced.
"This is a reminder of what a rarefied world our students live in intellectually," said school Superintendent Kevin Skelly, noting that year's combined total of Palo Alto semifinalists and commended students is believed to be the highest ever.
The combined total of 67 semifinalists from Gunn and Paly join some 16,000 semifinalists from across the country in the top 1 percent of scorers on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test taken in the junior year. About 1.5 million juniors in 22,000 high schools took the test.
Semifinalists are qualified to advance in the competition for more than $34 million in scholarships offered through the National Merit Scholarship Corp.
The combined total of 176 "commended students" from Gunn and Paly, along with about 34,000 other seniors across the country, received letters of commendation in recognition of "outstanding academic promise" from the National Merit Scholarship Corp.
From Gunn, the National Merit Semifinalists are: Zachary Ameri, Chloe Blanchard, Don-Sung Chang, Jennifer Chang, Angela Chen, Peter Chen, Chrystal Chern, Brian Chu, Claire Collins, Melia Dunbar, Lizhi Fan, Qianying Fan, Kieran Gallagher, Eeway Hsu, Alexander Irpan, Soumya Kannan, Hannah Katznelson, Devon Koch, Oren Kreps, Matthew Leong, Philip Liang, Cassandra Lincoln, Harrison Mamin, David Oyer, Anastasia Petrova, Jason Qui, Alena Rott, Sruti Sarathy, Franklin Shieh, Joseph Suh, Maya Trifunovic, Anastasia Vavilina, Jean Wang, Wendy Wu, Sian Ye and Eddie Zhou.
From Paly, the semifinalists are: Anjali Ahuja, Elise Bruguera, Alex Carter, Jodie Chen, Nassim Fedel, Benjamin Hashemi-Briskin, Karine Hsu, Steven Hu, Rina Hung, Jessica Jin, Madeline Kau, Amy Ke, Emilia Kellison-Linn, Tremaine Kirkman, Justin Krasner-Karpen, Kevin Lee, Crystal Liu, Zeyu Liu, Zezhou Liu, Yiyao Lu, Christopher Ma, Mark Nishimura, Maxwell Siegelman, Renee Singh, Justin Wang, Apoorva Ram, Daniel Shan, Zarek Siegel, Sophie Wang, Allen Wu and Charles Zhang.
From Gunn, the National Merit Commended Students are: Rachael Acker, Grayson Adams, Natasha Allen, Oz Amram, Dale Anderson, Xavier Artache, Joseph Atlas, Jesse Benza, Noah Brennan-Greenbaum, Monica Cai, Brendan Caporaletti, Andrew Chen, Jason Cheng, Seung-Woo Choi, Gabriel Crane, Audrey Davis, Margaret Deng, Kelly Doong, Madeline Dray, Rachel Freeman, Shana Gallagher, Omree Gal-Oz, Malik Gill, David Goldgof, Avni Gupta, Thomas Halstead, Ethan Hausser, Ava Hawkinson, Hayley Hirsh, Eric Hu, Bryant Im, Asako Inagawa, Michael Ishimoto, Rebecca Kah, Saleem Maramali, Thomas Kidder, Jun-Yeup Kim, Candace Kuen, Christine Kyauk, Cara Lai, Cindy Lam, Sierra Leder, Evan Lewis, Julia Li, Yilin Liang, Allen Liu, Sharon Lo, Sarah Mallory, Emma Marriott, Comfrey McCarthy, Margaret McKenna, Jeremy Neff, Ashley Ngu, Robin Oyung, Juan-Diego Palomino, Jin Pan, Naomi Pederson, Christine Prior, Olivia Ray, Michael Rundell, Jacob Schmidt, Ashka Shah, Nitsan Shai, Kathryn Shuey, Katie-Rose Skelly, Yiwen Song, Nikolaj Sorensen, Jeffrey Sun, Alexander Sutherland, Edward Swernofsky, Isha Thapa, Soham Tikekar, Robert Tseng, Rachel Tsukamoto, Daniel Wallace, Stephanie Wang, Robert Watson, Adam Wells, Alex Wells, Jaxon Welsh, Monisha White, Natalie Wilson, Daniel Wolfert, Jonathan Wong, Wing Fei Wong, Lisa Wu, Shang Yip, Yue Yu, Daniel Zhang, Lydia Zhang, Megan Zhang, Brian Zhu and Amanda Zunino.
From Paly, the commended students are: Hannah Abbott, Michael Abrams, Suzanna Ackroyd, Emily Ahn, Tomer Arnon, Grace Barry, Elias Berezin, Madeline Berger, Christopher Bisbee, Alexander Brooks, Lucas Brooks, Clay Carey, Clara Chang, Benson Chen, Molly Chen, Emily Chiu, Jessica Cox, Laura Cui, John Dickerson, Skylar Dorosin, Emily Dorward, Gregory Dunn, Caroline Ebinger, Naomi Epstein, Emily Fu, Katherine Garland, Heather Gaya, Andre Gouyet, Zoe Greene, Samuel Hain, George Han, Grant Harmon, Alex Heritier-Kerby, Anne Hildebrand, Kristoffer Hoglund, Charlie Kelsey, Hannah Kim, Peter Kotik, Peter Lai, Matthew Lee, Toby Lee, Alexander Lenail, Sosi Lepejian, Solomon Leung, Linda Li, Jason Liang, Grace Liao, William Lichtenger, Benjamin Lin, Jennifer Lin, Kyle Lie, Jeffrey Lu, Xavier Mignot, Jackson Miley, Matthew Miller, Sarah Miller, Nicholas Mori, Christopher Myau, Maximilian Najork, Tin Nguyen, Ryan Oshima, Neena Pai, Keegan Papakipos, Nishant Pol, Corso Rosati, Kyle Samos, Byron Sanborn, Jasmaer Sandhu, Zorawar Singh, Benjamin Sneider, Catherine Stevens, Katya Stukalova, Emily Swanson, Jared Swezey-Gleason, Hanne Totte, Victoria Tse, Kai Vandivier, Arun Varma, Kevin Wang, Lauren Wong, Christopher Xu, Bryan Young and Amitai Zand.