October 25, 2021

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157 CA Students Awarded National Merit Scholarships

CALIFORNIA — The next group of 2021 National Merit Scholarship winners includes 157 California high school students.

The National Merit Scholars from California were among a group of 3,100 winners announced Wednesday.

They will be awarded between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing their scholarship, a press statement said.

Here are California’s 2021 National Merit Scholars:

ALBANY

  • Ronan Manning, Serra High School, Macalester College; Probable field of study: Undecided

CAMPBELL

  • Anna M. Hanuska, Westmont High School, Purdue University; Probable field of study: Mechanical Engineering
  • Megan K. Marshall, Westmont High School, Whitman College; Probable field of study: Biology

CARLSBAD

  • Daniel Geva, San Dieguito Academy, Purdue University; Probable field of study: Computer Science

CLAREMONT

  • Andy Zhang, Webb School of California, Tufts University; Probable field of study: Undecided

CUPERTINO

  • Ramya U. Chamkeri, Monta Vista High School, University of Southern Florida; Probable field of study: Biomedicine
  • Elijah F. Diaz, Monta Vista High School, University of Chicago; Probable field of study: Political Science
  • Robert Liu, Monta Vista High School, University of Chicago; Probable field of study: Writing
  • Suraj R. Mathashery, Monta Vista High School, University of Texas at Dallas; Probable field of study: Computer Science

CYPRESS

  • Briana L. Greeley, Oxford Academy, University of Texas at Dallas; Probable field of study: Mechanical Engineering

DANVILLE

  • Izabella Ge, San Ramon Valley High School, USC; Probable field of study: Law
  • Daniel He, Monta Vista High School, USC; Probable field of study: Agricultural Science

DUBLIN

  • Candice Lee, Dublin High School, USC; Probable field of study: Law
  • Jonathan E. Park, Dublin High School, USC; Probable field of study: Mathematics
  • Kyle R. Shi, Dublin High School, USC; Probable field of study: Law
  • Brian Yoon, Dublin High School, USC; Probable field of study: Sports Medicine
  • Eric Zheng, Dublin High School, University of Chicago; Probable field of study: Surgical Medicine

FOLSOM

  • Jonathan K. Lam, Vista Del Lago High School, University of Texas at Dallas; Probable field of study: Computer Science
  • Vishruth M. Nagam, Vista Del Lago High School, Stony Brook University; Probable field of study: Healthcare
  • Adam K. Wong, Sacramento Adventist Academy, University of Nebraska Probable field of study: Actuarial Science

FOSTER CITY

  • Evan H. Steirman, The Nueva School, Case Western Reserve University Probable field of study: Theoretical Physics

FREMONT

  • Sabrina L. Cai, Mission San Jose High School, University of Chicago; Probable field of study: Consulting
  • Chandralekha Garapaty, Irvingington High School, University of Texas at Dallas; Probable field of study: Medicine
  • Simeon J. Godwin, Fremont Christian High School, USC; Probable field of study: Applied Mathematics
  • Aditya Kumar, American High School, USC; Probable field of study: Computer Science
  • Kathleen R. Luo, Mission San Jose High School, USC; Probable field of study: Software Engineering
  • Serena Mao, Mission San Jose High School, Harvey Mudd College; Probable field of study: Computer Science
  • Vigasini Rajaram, Mission San Jose High School, Case Western Reserve University; Probable field of study: Medicine
  • Annie Wen, Irvington High School, USC; Probable field of study: Biology
  • Kyle N. Wong, Mission San Jose High School, University of Chicago; Probable field of study: Computer Science
  • Eric E. Xu, Mission San Jose High School, USC; Probable field of study: Medicine
  • Brandon Ye, Irvington High School, USC; Probable field of study: Healthcare

FULLERTON

  • Seyoung Bang, Sunny Hills High School, USC; Probable field of study: Law
  • Darren Wu, Troy High School, Purdue University; Probable field of study: Computer Science

GLENDALE

  • Krissie Essilfie, Flintridge Prep, USC; Probable field of study: International Relations
  • Sarah Nakama, Crescenta Valley High School, USC; Probable field of study: Computer Science
  • Jennifer L. Spinoglio, Westridge School, University of Chicago; Probable field of study: Public Policy

HALF MOON BAY

  • Corwin L. Jones, Half Moon Bay High School, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology; Probable field of study: Civil Engineering

IRVINE

  • Jonathon C. Bower, Beckman High School, University of Alabama; Probable field of study: Engineering
  • Sungjoon Chang, Northwood High School, University of Texas; Probable field of study: Information Technology
  • Saihajveer S. Gulati, Portola High School, USC; Probable field of study: Computer Science
  • Kacy A. Kesler, Northwood High School, Brigham Young University Probable field of study: Pathology
  • Noah U. Kim, Portola High School, USC; Probable field of study: Radiology
  • Natalie L. Mao, Irvine High School, USC; Probable field of study: Zoology
  • Peter K. Park, University High School, USC; Probable field of study: Aerospace Engineering
  • Liyang I. Sun, Beckman High School, Emory University; Probable field of study: Neuroscience
  • Leyland B. Yang, University High School, USC; Probable field of study: Undecided

LA CANADA-FLINTRIDGE

  • Simone M. Kang, Westridge School, Texas A&M; Probable field of study: Computer Engineering
  • Amelia E. Seropian, La Canada High School, University of Chicago; Probable field of study: Fine Arts
  • Sarah Ashley Thein, Polytechnic School, University of Chicago; Probable field of study: Neuroscience

LAGUNA NIGUEL

  • Luke D. Csermak, Dana Hills High School, Northeastern University; Probable field of study: Fine Arts

LAKEWOOD

  • Nicholas J. Benefield, Homeschool, Belmont University; Probable field of study: Music

LONG BEACH

  • Jason Milo White, Long Beach Poly, Texas A&M; Probable field of study: Aerospace Engineering

LOS ALTOS

  • Dylan Magpayo Chen, St. Francis High School, Tufts University; Probable field of study: Mathematics
  • Stella El-Fishawy, Menlo Schook, University of Chicago; Probable field of study: Economics

LOS ANGELES

  • Kyle T. Kaufman, Harvard-Westlake, Case Western Reserve University Probable field of study: Law
  • Maisie Thompson, Marlborough School, University of Chicago; Probable field of study: Undecided

LOS GATOS

  • Anjali M. Vaidya, Los Gatos High School, University of Chicago; Probable field of study: Biomedicine

MANHATTAN BEACH

  • Hannah M. Bogen, Chadwick School, USC; Probable field of study: Media
  • Shane P. Foley, Mira Costa High School, Lawrence University; Probable field of study: Applied Mathematics
  • Nicolas M. Lee, Mira Costa High School, USC; Probable field of study: Neuroscience

MENLO PARK

  • Jane L. Brockett, Sacred Heart Prep, Tufts University; Probable field of study: Undecided

MILLBRAE

  • Meghan M. Kelly, Mills High School, Tufts University; Probable field of study: Undecided

MODESTO

  • Reza C. Banankhah, Modesto High School, USC; Probable field of study: Mechanical Engineering

MONTEREY PARK

  • Jasmine J. Lim, Mary Keppel High School, USC; Probable field of study: Electrical Engineering

NORTHRIDGE

  • Abdullah Z. Rafique, Sierra Canyon, USC; Probable field of study: Education

OAKLAND

  • Darius A. Suplica, College Prep, University of Chicago; Probable field of study: Neuroscience

ORANGE

  • Karina M. Patel, Caynon High School, USC; Probable field of study: Medicine

ORINDA

  • Radman T. Zarbock, Athenian School, Purdue University
  • Probable field of study: Aerospace Engineering

PALO ALTO

  • Eirene Ang, Gunn High School, Northeastern University; Probable field of study: Neuroscience
  • Hallie E. Faust, Palo Alto High School, USC; Probable field of study: Geological/Geophysical Engineering
  • Luke Z. Flees, Gunn High School, University of Chicago; Probable field of study: Engineering
  • Avery Bryn Hanna, Palo Alto High School, Tufts University; Probable field of study: Science, Research
  • Jack R. Herrema, Gunn High School, Purdue University; Probable field of study: Mechanical Engineering
  • Natalia L. Maahs, Palo Alto High School, Colorado College; Probable field of study: Chemistry
  • Zachary Meyers, Gunn High School, Tufts University; Probable field of study: Computer Science
  • Simon S. Minami, Palo Alto High School, Tufts University; Probable field of study: Economics
  • Drew M. Mukherjee, Palo Alto High School, University of Chicago; Probable field of study: Undecided

PLEASANTON

  • Matthew Day, Amador Valley High School, USC; Probable field of study: Consulting
  • Brian J. Fu, Foothill High School, USC; Probable field of study: Physics
  • Emily Lim, Amador Valley High School, Northeastern University; Probable field of study: Medicine
  • Nina M. Moothedath, Amador Valley High School, USC; Probable field of study: Journalism
  • Kanchan U. Naik, Quarry Lane School, University of Chicago; Probable field of study: Computer Science
  • Adith Swarup, Foothill High School, USC; Probable field of study: Neuroscience

RANCHO PALOS VERDES

  • Amy W. Huang, Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, USC; Probable field of study: Oncology
  • Andrew R. Sinsioco, Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, USC; Probable field of study: Business

REDLANDS

  • Brian T. Bascom, Redlands East Valley High School, Brigham Young University; Probable field of study: Computer Engineering
  • Akul Gupta, Redlands East Valley High School, University of Southern Florida; Probable field of study: Medicine

REDONDO BEACH

  • Rylee Elizabeth Kang, Redondo Union High School, USC; Probable field of study: Medicine

REDWOOD CITY

  • Aditya Pathak, Serra High School, University of Chicago; Probable field of study: Economics

RIPON

  • Otto M. Kellner, Ripon High School, Nevada-Reno; Probable field of study: Civil Engineering

ROWLAND HEIGHTS

  • Bryan C. Lai, Rowland High School, University of Texas; Probable field of study: Mechanical Engineering

SAN CARLOS

  • Novak K. Chernesky, Crystal Springs Uplands School, University of Chicago; Probable field of study: Environmental Science

SAN DIEGO

  • Michaela W. Chang, Canyon Crest Academy, USC; Probable field of study: Computer Science
  • Alexander L. Chen, Canyon Crest Academy, USC; Probable field of study: Medicine
  • Claire D. Chung, Rancho Bernardo, USC; Probable field of study: Finance
  • Ariela Mitrani, Canyon Crest Academy, Texas A&M; Probable field of study: Computer Science
  • Emily Y. Tran, Scripps Ranch High School, University of Arizona; Probable field of study: Urban Planning
  • Kate Wang, Canyon Crest Academy, Vanderbilt University; Probable field of study: Biomechanical Engineering
  • Rachel Wang, Canyon Crest Academy, University of Iowa; Probable field of study: Biology

SAN FRANCISCO

  • Jacqueline Mei, Lowell High School, University of Chicago; Probable field of study: Computer Science
  • Claire J. Rafferty, Lowell High School, Harvey Mudd College; Probable field of study: Physics

SAN JOSE

  • Aayushi Agrawal, Lynbrook High School, USC; Probable field of study: Computer Science
  • Melissa Z. Chen, Lynbrook High School, USC; Probable field of study: Marketing
  • Aahana Chowdhuri, Evergreen Valley High School, USC; Probable field of study: Business Administration
  • James T. Ding, Leigh High School, USC; Probable field of study: Computer Science
  • Dhruv D. Jatkar, St. Francis High School, Northeastern University; Probable field of study: Oncology
  • Grace C. Kennedy, Valley Christian, Northeastern University; Probable field of study: Medicine
  • Tiffany Elim La, Branham High School, USC; Probable field of study: Biological Engineering
  • Isaac Li, Archbishop Mitty, University of Rochester; Probable field of study: Economics
  • Nikhil A. Murthy, Archbishop Mitty, USC; Probable field of study: Computer Science
  • Utkarsh Priyam, The Harker School, Purdue University; Probable field of study: Computer Science
  • Angela Gigi Tsang, Valley Christian High School, Merit Case Western; Probable field of study: Biomechanical Engineering
  • Margaret S. Wang, Presentation High School, Purdue University; Probable field of study: Computer Science
  • William Wei, Culver Academies, USC; Probable field of study: Computer Programming
  • Sivanjali E. Williams, Lynbrook High School, Harvey Mudd College; Probable field of study: Computer Science
  • Claire Yuan, Piedmont Hills High School, USC; Probable field of study: Engineering
  • Yeomin Yun, Leigh High School, USC; Probable field of study: Medicine
  • Erin Zhu, Leigh High School, USC; Probable field of study: Accounting
  • Ivan Zhu Leigh High School, Emory University; Probable field of study: Medicine

SAN MATEO

  • Kayla A. Shiao, Aragon High School, Northeastern University; Probable field of study: Pharmacy

SAN RAFAEL

  • Annie T. Wang, Branson School, University of Chicago; Probable field of study: Medicine

SAN RAMON

  • Aniket Chatterjee, Dougherty Valley High School, Arizona State; Probable field of study: Computer Science
  • Sriram Ganesan, California High School, Boston University; Probable field of study: Business
  • Arjun Garg, Dougherty Valley High School, University of Chicago; Probable field of study: Mathematics
  • Anish Lahorani, Dougherty Valley High School, USC; Probable field of study: Sports Medicine
  • Vedasamhitha Padisetti, Dougherty Valley High School, USC; Probable field of study: Biomedicine
  • Salika Vummarao, Dougherty Valley High School, University of Central Florida; Probable field of study: Medicine
  • Claire Z. Zhang, Dougherty Valley High School, University of Chicago; Probable field of study: Economics

SANTA MONICA

  • Kaelyn Hindshaw, Marlborough School, University of Chicago; Probable field of study: Business
  • SANTA ROSA
  • Schuyler C. Jones, Stevenson School, University of South Florida; Probable field of study: Environmental Science

SARATOGA

  • Priyanka Anand, Lynbrook High School, Tufts University; Probable field of study: Medicine
  • Stefano L. Corno, Saratoga High School, USC; Probable field of study: Mathematics
  • Tiffanie Huang, Archbishop Mitty High School, University of Chicago; Probable field of study: Chemistry
  • Hamza Y. Jamal, St. Francis High School, Harvey Mudd College; Probable field of study: Engineering
  • Irith M. Katiyar, Saratoga High School, USC; Probable field of study: Computer Science
  • Dylan L. Overby, Saratoga High School, USC; Probable field of study: Biomechanical Engineering
  • Astrid I. Popovici, Westmont High School, Purdue University; Probable field of study: Undecided

SHERMAN OAKS

  • Margot S. Dayan, North Hollywood High School, USC; Probable field of study: Surgical Medicine

SOLANA BEACH

  • Tyler J. Costello, Canyon Crest Academy, Santa Clara University; Probable field of study: Computer Science

SOUTH PASADENA

  • Frances H. Chiu, South Pasadena High School, Emory University; Probable field of study: Neurobiology

STANFORD

  • Henry P. Moshfeghi, Gunn High School, Carleton College; Probable field of study: Academia

STEVENSON RANCH

  • Janice M. Jung, West Ranch High School, USC; Probable field of study: International Relations

SUNNYVALE

  • Albert M. Chu, Phillips Exeter Academy, University of Chicago; Probable field of study: Economics
  • Samuel L. Shen, Fremont High School, University of Chicago; Probable field of study: Economics

TORRANCE

  • Nicole P. Yeh, Da Vinci Science High School, Vanderbilt University; Probable field of study: Mechanical Engineering

TUSTIN

  • Jonathan Juyon Cheng, Beckman High School, Arizona State; Probable field of study: Aerospace Engineering

WALNUT

  • Thordar T. Han, Troy High School, USC; Probable field of study: Neuroscience

WALNUT CREEK

  • Vikram Ramaswamy, Head-Royce, University of Chicago; Probable field of study: Law

WESTLAKE VILLAGE

  • Ryan L. Chu, Westlake High School, USC; Probable field of study: Business Administration

WHITTIER

  • Kathy Yang, Troy High School, USC; Probable field of study: Finance

WOODLAND HILLS

  • Adam M. Lehavi, El Camino Real Charter High School, USC; Probable field of study: Computer Science

YORBA LINDA

  • Elijah L. Seo, Yorba Linda High School, USC; Probable field of study: Business Administration

The National Merit winners announced this week will have their scholarships funded by the colleges and universities that they will attend.

One hundred and sixty colleges and universities — including 85 private and 75 public schools — took part in the merit scholarship program in 2021.

An additional group of college-sponsored National Merit scholars will be announced in July, the scholarship corporation said.

This group is part of the approximately 7,500 National Merit scholarship winners who will be selected by the end of 2021. National Merit scholarships via corporate-sponsored awards and the corporation’s own $2,500 scholarships were announced earlier in the spring.

More than 1.5 million juniors nationally entered the 2021 National Merit scholarship program when they took the 2019 preliminary SAT/National Merit scholarship qualifying test, the corporation said.

About 17,000 semifinalists, fewer than 1 percent of the country’s high school seniors, were announced last fall.

Semifinalists had to write an essay and detail their extracurricular activities, awards and leadership positions to become a finalist. About half of the 16,000 finalists will be merit scholars by the end of the year, the corporation said.