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The Bellevue School District is proud to announce the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program winners! 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.

National Merit $2,500 Scholarship Winners

The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program. National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners are the Finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

These Scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the Finalists and their high schools: the academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®); contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the Finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official.

Bellevue High School

  • Jonathan Feng
  • Yue Yu
  • Richard Li

Interlake High School

  • Shyam Arumugam
  • Rohak Jain
  • Nishka M. Kacheria
  • Aileen Liang
  • Kritika Singh
  • Neel Sirivara
  • Meranda Wang
  • Troy T. Zhang
  • Owen Zhang

Newport High School

  • William Z. Liu

2024 National Merit Scholarship Finalists

Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2024. Every Finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit® $2500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state-representational basis. About 840 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 160 corporations and business organizations for Finalists who meet their specified criteria, such as children of the grantor’s employees or residents of communities where sponsor plants or offices are located. In addition, about 160 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 3,800 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who will attend the sponsor institution. Congratulations, BSD finalists!

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
  • 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
  • Kareena Mehta
  • Sean E. Park
  • Aaryan Pawar
  • Kritika Singh
  • Neel Sirivara
  • Lucas L. Tang
  • Nandini N. Tharamal
  • Meranda Wang
  • Donald R. West
  • Sarah Wu
  • An Yan
  • Ming Yan
  • Eugene Yuan
  • Owen Zhang
  • Troy T. Zhang

International School

  • Yuzhang Sun

Newport High School

  • Amber E. Li
  • William Z. Liu
  • Kaya Tacer
  • Charis Tam
  • Derrick Xian

Sammamish High School

  • Gabriel R. Guitron

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 [email protected].


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.