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The Bellevue School District is proud to announce the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists! Congratulations to all of the BSD scholars who entered and will move on to the next round of the competition!

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an annual academic competition among high school students for recognition and college scholarships that began in 1955. The program is conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC®), a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance. United States high school students enter the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which serves as an initial screen of over 1.3 million entrants each year, and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.

2024 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

In September 2023, more than 16,000 Semifinalists were named, and these academically talented high school seniors will have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,140 scholarships, worth nearly $28 million. National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists from the Bellevue School District include:

Bellevue High School

  • Joseph An
  • Nicole Diefenbach
  • Jerry Fan
  • Jonathan Feng
  • William Gvozdjak
  • Anthony Hsu
  • Richard Li
  • Chendi Luo
  • Nathan Simon
  • Wonjoon Sung
  • Keona Tang
  • Noah K. Tsai
  • Justin H. Wu
  • Yue Yu
  • Andrew H. Zhou

Interlake High School

  • Shyam Arumugam
  • Grace Chen
  • Julian C. Cheung
  • Drithi V. Doreswamy
  • Owen Fei
  • Sidhya Ganesh
  • Yanheng C.Guo
  • Prisha Hemani
  • Rohak Jain
  • Saumitra Joshi
  • Nishka M. Kacheria
  • Moriah Lee
  • Hanting Li
  • Jack Li
  • Sophia Li
  • Rachel Lian
  • Aileen Liang
  • Darrien K. Liang
  • Cindy Liu
  • Yingying Luo
  • Chantelle Ma
  • Kareena Mehta
  • Sean E. Park
  • Aaryan Pawar
  • Kanishka Singh
  • Kritika Singh
  • Neel Sirivara
  • Lucas L. Tang
  • Nandini N. Tharamal
  • Meranda Wang
  • Trey R. West
  • Sarah Wu
  • An Yan
  • Ming Yan
  • Eugene Yuan
  • Owen Zhang
  • Troy T. Zhang

International School

  • Anthony Y. Chen
  • Yuzhang Sun

Newport High School

  • Ray Bowman
  • Kelsen Goh
  • Amber E. Li
  • William Z. Liu
  • Kaya Tacer
  • Charis Tam
  • Derrick Xian

Sammamish High School

Gabriel R. Guitron

If you or your student received this recognition, but was not included on this list, please contact

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.