Walnut Valley Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists for 2017


Walnut – Thirty-two Walnut Valley USD high school seniors are among 16,000 students nationwide named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists.

The following students have been recognized for demonstrating exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies:

 Diamond Bar High: Jason Ahn, Shannen Rikki Barrameda, Vinay Bhupathiraju, Benjamin Chen, Connie Chen, Justin Chuang, Brandon Hung, Peyrin Kao, Su Min Kim, Vickie Kuo, Aaron Lee, Adeline Lee, Monica Lin, James Lo, Leslie Sim, Sabrina Tseng, and Joanna Zhang.

Walnut High: Farhan Baig, Brittany Chiu, Stephanie Djajadi, Hannah Hu, Nellie Kwang, Rachel Lee, Savanna Lee, Joyce Lin, Vivian Lo, Tiffany Loo, Cynthia Lu, Ayesha Ng, Jo Ann Sun, Shiaw-Hern Wu, and Brian Zeng.

These students represent less than 1 percent of the U.S. high school seniors and are the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

Last fall, about 1.6 million juniors across the country entered the prestigious contest by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT college-readiness exam.

The semifinalists are now eligible to advance to the finalist level in February and compete for $33 million in scholarships offered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, private companies, colleges, and foundations.