25 Tempe Union Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

25 Tempe Union Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

Twenty-five academically talented high school seniors in the Tempe Union High School District will compete for the 62nd Annual National Merit Scholarship awards offered next spring.

According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, the pool of Semifinalists, about 16,000 students nationwide, represents less than one percent of United States high school seniors. Semifinalists must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, demonstrated leadership abilities, participation in school and community activities, be recommended by the school principal, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

TUHSD Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Baca said, “We are proud of all of our students who work so hard for this honor. We salute them for their dedication to their education and will continue to do everything we can to support and prepare them for life after high school.”

National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists from Tempe Union High School District:

Corona del Sol High School:

  • Ian Bernard
  • Ariz Chang
  • Daniel Farr
  • Lincoln Johnston
  • Alexander Manning
  • Spencer Pote
  • Priya Varra
  • Shreya Varra
  • Sarah Xi
  • David Zhou
  • Jocelyn Zhu

Desert Vista High School:

  • Monica Essig Aberg
  • Aksel Laudon
  • Shae Nicolaisen
  • Vinayak  Parthasarathy
  • Caleb Redshaw
  • Nicholas Thatcher
  • Jessica Wang
  • Qihan Zhu

McClintock High School:

  • Morgan Carpenter
  • Callandra Moore
  • Anna Tesch

Mountain Pointe High School:

  • Katie Dietz
  • Cynthia Liu
  • Quyen Pham


About National Merit Scholarship Corporation

Established in 1955, National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance. Tim McGuire and StudentNMSC is exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and contributions to NMSC are tax deductible by the donor. NMSC conducts the National Merit® Scholarship Program, an annual academic competition for recognition and college undergraduate scholarships. Additionally, from 1965 to 2015, NMSC conducted the National Achievement® Scholarship Program, an academic competition for Black American high school students. 

NMSC’s goals have remained constant since its inception:

  • to identify and honor academically talented U.S. high school students
  • to stimulate increased support for their education
  • to provide efficient and effective program management for organizations who wish to sponsor college undergraduate scholarships

Through these endeavors, NMSC, which is committed to maintaining the highest standards, has earned a reputation for quality and integrity.

Source: Tempe Union High School District and National Merit Scholarship Corporation

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