Thirty seniors from Gunn High School and 28 seniors from Palo Alto High School have been named as semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition.
An additional 108 students from Paly and Gunn were named "commended students."
At Castilleja School, 13 girls were named semifinalists and 17 commended students.
The semifinalists were among the top 1 percent of scorers nationwide on the 2009 Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT), used as a screening tool for the scholarship program.
The nationwide pool of semifinalists includes the highest-scoring PSAT test-takers in each state in proportion to that state's percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.
Semifinalists are qualified to advance to the finalist competition, which concludes with 8,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $36 million awarded next spring.
About 1.5 million juniors in 22,000 high schools took the PSAT last fall, yielding the 16,000 semifinalists named last week.
At Gunn, they are:
Yasmin Aghajan, Elliot Akama-Garren, Morris A. Alper, Jack Barbeau, Vivek H. Choksi, Sophia Christel, Bryan Chu, Jeffrey D. Common, Emma Dohner, Laurel Howard, Connie Hsueh, Anish Johri, Noelle J. Jung, Atsuhide Kobashi, Nikhl S. Lele, Andrew B. Liu, Stephanie H. Liu, Xinping J. Ma, Celine V. Nguyen, Derek Nielsen, Andrew Qian, Gayan S. Seneviratna, William R. Strickfaden, Adam L. Tong, Stephanie L. Tsai, Catherine D. Wu, Linda Yu, Brian Zhang, Sylvia Zhang and Sarah-Jean Zubair.
At Paly, they are:
Samuel Bellows, Pierre Bourbonnais, George Brown, Rachel Capelouto, Cristina Carano, Lucas Chan, Chloe Chen, Dennis Chen, Ava Dordi, Gadi Cohen, Margot Gerould, Andrew Hammer, Yun Hong, Kevin Hu, Sarah Jacobs, Stephen Koo, Steven Lai, Albert Lin, Dustin Nizamian, Hannah Ohlson, Nathan Pinsker, Mark Raftrey, Ryan Rasti, Tyralyn Tran, Samara Trilling, Quinn Walker, Michael Yuan and Scott Zhuge.
Commended students are:
Regina E. Ahn, Willa K. Akey, Adam R. Alloy, Amelia R. Bell, Emily Benatar, Sydney L. Bennet, Elizabeth L. Berg, Brian Xue, Kyu Chul Chang, Daniel Chen, Sheng-Han Chen, Lucia R. Christiansen, Michelle S. Chung, Lance H. Cummins, Noa T. Dagan, Samuel Dawson, Naor J. Deleanu, Coline M. Devin, Emma C. Difilippo, Julia J. Edholm, Emily R. Efland, Nadav T. Gavrielov, Isabel M. Giovacchini, Zachary I. Gromoff, Youyang Gu, Mattan Hamou, Benjamin W. Hendricks, Audrey W. Ho, Michael Hooton, Julia M. Howard, Ching-Hsiu Hsu, Xi Hua, Athena Y. Huang, Gippum Hwang;
Emily Ingham, Noosheen Javadi, Callista A. German, Paula Jun, Sarah L. Jundt, Paula Jung, Mira Khanna, David Khavari, Erin K. Kiekhaefer, Lori A. Krakirian, Maya R. Krasnow, Priya S. Kshirsagar, Ami Kumar, Sahana Kumar, Ruaire J. Lavelle, Christopher J. Lee, Ho Won Lee, Reade M. Levinson, Joyce C. Li, Xinran Li, Sarah Liang, Max F. Lipscomb, Chloe Lischinsky, Christopher B. Liu, Elaine Y. Liu, Rebekah Liu, Miriam Livshits, Renjie Long;
Claire Mahany, Jonathan A. Marson, Annette R. Marvin, Erin Mast, Alexandra Messick-Kopel, Rachel Mewes, Grace R. Mi, Michael Morton, Hannah Murphy, Ruhi Nath, Kayla Neumeyer, Shelby Newman, Susan U. Nitta, Derek E. O'Connor, Elise N. Oh, Colin M. Palmquist, Anthony D. Panayides, Nicola Park, Shannon M. Paulson, Roxanne H. Rahnama, Divya Ramakrishnan, Joshua Rapperport, Matthew M. Redfield, Karen A. Reitman, Michael E. Reitman, Manuela Richter, Sydney C. Rock, Rory S. Runser, Sam E. Rusoff, Sonali T. Sastry, Elizabeth J. Sawka, Thomas M. Seidel, Alexander J. Sholtz, Edward W. Siu, Artem A. Skorokhodov, Neil Sood, Jodi Y. So, Zachary A. Stanton-Savitz, Ione A. Sterental, Melissa Sun, Leon Z. Sung;
Julia J. Tang, Katherine A. Torrey, Yu-Chun Tsai, Anna Von Clemm, Camille D. Von Kaenel, Manon L. Von Kaenel, Reed A. Wanderman-Milne, Linda Wang, Matthew Wang, Matthew Q. Wen, Christina E. Wettersten, Ian M. Wilkes, Lillian Xie, Charles D. Yang, Elaine Y. Yau, Donald Zhang, Kevin Zhang, Emily Zheng, Michael J. Zhou.
Last year, Paly and Gunn had an unusually high number of National Merit semi-finalists. Paly had 46 and Gunn had 41, representing nearly 10 percent of the 2010 graduating class.
At Castilleja, semifinalists are Divya Bhat, Sophie Brown, Rachel Brownell, Grace Chen, Courtney Chuang, Charlotte Geaghan-Briener, Camila McHugh, Sonali Mehta, Brenna Nelsen, Hannah Nesbat, Carey (Virginia) Phelps, Rachel Skokowski and Emily Steemers.
Commended students at Castilleja are Sayeh Bozorghadad, Anna Cardinal, Megan Costello, Clare Dreyfus, Claire Fraisl, Mariel Freyre, Emily Hayflick, Maya Khatri, Sophia Koontz, Tobi Amos, Maya Maniar, Mona Matsumoto-Ryan, Stephanie Merenbach, Laura Rose, Abby Thornburg, Sallie Walecka and Amy Yamamura.