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Conestoga High School Leads PA with 34 National Merit Semifinalists

Conestoga High School has again reported the most National Merit Semifinalists in all of Pennsylvania with thirty-four this year. This recognition is based on the students’ performance on the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). 

Nationwide there are approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the annual 64th National Merit Scholarship Program.  As the highest-scoring entrants in each state, they represent less than 1% of United States high school seniors. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. 

These academically talented high school seniors will go on to compete for some 7,500 scholarships through the National Merit Corporation or its sponsoring organizations.

In addition to Conestoga’s Semifinalists, twenty-seven seniors were recognized as National Merit Commended Scholars. Commended Scholars represent the top four percent of graduating seniors nationwide.  

2018 NMS

 Conestoga High School 2019 National Merit Semifinalists

(Front row seated left to right): Yinglin Wang, Kevin Tao, Justin Huang, Dorkhan Chang, Shibo Zhu, Severin Johnson, Eliza Pentz, Sadie Kantorczyk, Aidan McKenrick and Liam Berson.                                 

(Middle row seated left to right): Laila Norford, Alexandra Bashe, Jane Miller, Laura Liu, Hailey Klinger, Georgia Steigerwald, David Xu, Steven Wang, Dylan Ward, Shannon Huang and Manish Patel.          

(Back row standing left to right): Kaitlyn Chen, Josephine Zhang, Kaitlyn Winters, Elizabeth Welker-Ebling, Willow Thompson, Runya Xu, Ankit Garikipati, Kiran Rebholz, Angelina Ziarno-Shrum, Brian Christner, Alexandra Ross and Anthony Riley. (not pictured: Anna Donahue)