Twenty-Seven MCPS Students Earn College-Sponsored National Merit Scholarships

June 6, 2019

Twenty-seven Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) students have earned college- and university-sponsored National Merit Scholarships in the latest round of awards from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Each sponsoring college or university selected scholarship winners from among the finalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.

The winners, their intended career fields and the sponsoring university or college are:

Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School
John M. Marder, economics, Tufts University

Montgomery Blair High School
Elana E. Elman, computer science, University of Rochester

Lily A. Kirsch, social science, Grinnell College

Cindy Liu, bioengineering, University of Maryland

Noah Lovelady-Allen, media, Ithaca College

Kristi Y. Ng, pharmacy, University of Maryland

Catherine Rodriguez, electrical engineering, University of Maryland

Sally W. Zhao, computer science, University of Maryland

Winston Churchill High School
Sean Xie, business administration, University of Southern California

Damascus High School
Mital R. Patel, mechanical engineering, University of Maryland

Walter Johnson High School
Cameron A. Paranzino, neuroscience, University of Maryland

Richard Montgomery High School
Leopold P. Bertholet, engineering, University of Maryland

David A. Bour, astrophysics, University of Maryland

Sean C. Boyce, chemistry, Carleton College

Daisy Liao, statistics, University of Maryland

Connor P. O'Brien, physics, University of Southern California

Suhas Venkatesan, computer science, University of Maryland

Susan Wen, biology, University of Maryland

Daniel Yang, mathematics, University of Chicago

Joshua Yu, finance, University of Maryland

Paint Branch High School
Sean M. Belke, computer science, University of Maryland

John P. Hino, computer science, Northeastern University

Poolesville High School
Brandon T. Summers, undecided, University of Maryland

Sivani Sundaram, pharmacy, University of Maryland

Walt Whitman High School
Rachel G. Halliday, undecided, Tufts University

Thomas S. Wootton High School
Selena Y. Xiao, computer science, University of Maryland

Jenny Yarmovsky, medicine, University of Maryland

In addition, last month, 23 MCPS students won $2,500 National Merit scholarships financed by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. The scholars were selected from a pool of more than 15,000 students, and will receive a one-time award of $2,500 for post-secondary education. 

The 2019 MCPS $2,500 scholarship recipients and their probable career fields are: 

Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School

William E. Tenpas, engineering

Montgomery Blair High School
Jonathan A. Berkowitz, mathematics

Patrick S. Kim, computer engineering

Shwetha S. Kunnam, mechanical engineering

Jenny S. Mei, engineering

Alice E. Turnham, molecular biology

Megan C. Xiao, biomedical engineering

Winston Churchill High School
Katherine Gourianova, biomedicine

Steven C. Mendley, finance

Paint Branch High School
David S. Burgess, nuclear engineering

Poolesville High School
Clara Megan Bendon, marine biology

Vincent W. Bian, mathematics

Amanda Y. Chu, entrepreneurship

Richard Montgomery High School
Isaac G. Applebaum, biotechnology

Angela C. Sun, medicine

Clarissa L. Xia, neuroscience

Jerry M. Yang, neuroscience

Emily Yuan, entrepreneurship

Grace E. Zhou, economics

Walt Whitman High School
Benjamin R. Meron, business

Thomas J. Mande, public policy

Katherine Sylvester, law (Honorary Merit Scholarship)

Thomas S. Wootton High School
Keerat Singh, international law




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