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National Merit begins its search with 71 students from GCPS

September 17, 2022

     The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has started its nationwide search for the students who will be named 2023 National Merit Scholars, winners of scholarships worth nearly $28 million that will be announced starting next spring. As part of this first step, 71 Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) seniors have been named 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists. The students from nine Gwinnett high schools are part of approximately 16,000 top students from across the nation who will now compete for the official National Merit Scholar title and thousands of dollars in scholarships that are awarded annually to graduating seniors.  

The 2023 National Merit Semifinalists from GCPS are: 

Archer HS 

Dean E. Putnam


Brookwood HS 

Anish A. Araque

Farhan Baig

Dylan G. Bruce

Steven L. Li

Niheer K. Patel


Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, And Technology 

Nathan M. Abraham

Rayan Afsar

Hrishikesh Bagalkote

Utkarsh Borikar

Brielle A. Bristow

Henry H. Bui

Joshua D. Caruso

Matthew J. Choi

John H. Doan

Arica M. Gholston

Rachel C. Han

Dale M. Irving

Bryan Kim

Matthew H. Kim

Sowmya Krithivasan

Vishnu B. Kunnummal

Jason J. Lai

Haelin Lee

Daniel Li

Timothy Nguyen

Avneesh Prabakar

John Prewitt

Isabella L. Sanchez

Samarth Shridhar

Abbygale J. Smith

Joseph L. Townsend

May-Jann Wong

Joey T. Xie

Jean Yu

Angelina Zhang


Mill Creek HS

Jaeheon Shim

Phoebe Sophia Yoon


Norcross HS  

Nina A. Ballerstedt

Dylan T. Christensen

Jordan A. Katz

Logan R. Lewis

Holden P. Thomas

Jonah Wu

Sean Zhong


North Gwinnett HS

Suraj Chatoth

Aryan P. Chokshi

Romit Chunduri

Alec N. Hance

Claire B. Kim

Seohyon Kim

Yeji Kim

Anand M. Krishnan

Rachel A. Kwon

Joey Lin

Wyatt J. Moses

Jin Namgoong

Lucas D. Stancill

Aditi Venkatesh

Selena H. Wang

Joseph S. Yoo

Richard C. Zhou


Parkview HS 

Nafez Ahmmed

Grace J. Liu

Devika Sasi Menon


Peachtree Ridge HS 

Aahil Z. Lakhani

Vivian T. Vu

Katharine Y. Wang

Vivian Zhang


Paul Duke Stem HS

Nathan L. Chen

Rohan Pai

     These 71 Gwinnett students, part of the Class 2023, were chosen for this competitive process based on their college entrance exam scores. They are competing with other semifinalists from around the nation for some 7,250 National Merit scholarships, worth nearly $28 million. 

     Approximately 1.5 million students in more than 21,000 high schools entered the competition last school year as juniors by taking the 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as the initial screening for program entrants. The semifinalists named in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program are the highest scoring entrants in each state. 

     A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT® or ACT® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. These academically talented students then compete to become finalists. That recognition is determined by looking at the student’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, and honors and awards received.  

     These students will compete for three types of National Merit Scholarships with winners for 2023 announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July.