Editor’s Note: This article was edited from its original version to include 16 Semifinalists from Mountain Brook High School.
After enduring a rough spring and fall, a number of students throughout the Over the Mountain community are being honored for their scholastic achievements as National Merit Scholarship semifinalists.
These high school seniors are chosen from a pool of 1.6 million students at 21,000 high schools, which is less than 1% percent of high school seniors in the country.
Qualification for the semifinalist recognition is based on a student’s junior year PSAT score, along with their participation in school and community activities, demonstration of leadership abilities, employment and honors.
Semifinalists may continue in the competition for about 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million. Winners will be named in the spring.
Here are Over the Mountain students named semifinalists:
Alabama School of Fine Arts: Carol He, William Holland, Elizabeth Jason, Taylor McAlister, Sofia Rabbani and Emma Seidel.
Altamont School: Hannah Ashraf, Lilla Carroll, Robert Pritchard, Tyler Walley and Maaz Zuberi.
Briarwood Christian School: Mason Mathias, Annamarie Thompson and Luke Wolf.
John Carroll Catholic High School: Tyler Wittman.
Oak Mountain High School: Roshni Datta and Aidan Dokland.
Homewood High School: Madeline Garrity, Patrick Harris, Reed Jeffries, Samuel Jones, Caleb McLendon, Robert Merchant, Michael Moorman, Jonathan Parris, Gabriel Quijano, Ayona Roychowdhury, Daniel Wiesen, Matthew “Hugh” Williams and Jane Wilson.
Hoover High School: Cullen Blanton, Luke Clark, Wesley Crenshaw, Katelyn Heglas, Ria Shah, Peter Shen, Isabella Torres, Srija Vem and Nathan Williams.
Hoover, homeschool: Emily Rabbideau.
Mountain Brook High School: Matthew Bottcher, Caroline Carwie, Harry Evans, Annya Evans-Martinez, Teddy Feig, Lilly Gilbert, Sam Graham, Ellie Hamilton, Laurel Hand, Emma Kao, Ann Carlton Keller, Emily King, Fletcher Nunnelley, Ethan Shunnarah, Theo Simonton and Catherine Taylor.
Indian Springs School: Shuqiao Geng, Carina Li Xin Lim, Hooper Markert, Haoze Tang, Paul Weir, Noah Williams and Chu Qiao Zhang.
Spain Park High School: Megan Amrine, Benjamin Deas, Kruthika Dheeravath, Adam Ebrahim, Usman Farooqui, Sama Harrison, Anna Morris, Zane Peacock, Advaith Vadlakonda, John Watson, Wyatt Williams, John Wilson and Amy Yang.
Westminster School: Pierson Black.
Vestavia Hills High School: Alexander Barr, Katy Chen, Ricky Dong, Sarah Gray, Jason Han, Cecilia Kong, Esther Lee, Leighton Reese, Raleigh Robinson, Hanna Sha, Dylan Shi, Alex Stern and Grant Uldrich.