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48 IMSA Students, 25% of Senior Class, Named National Merit Semifinalists

The National Merit® Scholarship Program recently named 48 semifinalists from IMSA in its 2015 competition, representing 34 different communities throughout Illinois. Approximately 25% of IMSA’s senior class were recognized as semifinalists, in comparison to less than one percent of the average school to enter the nationwide competition.

IMSA President Dr. José M. Torres commended these 48 students on this accomplishment. "This is an impressive achievement for all of our semifinalists, one that distinguishes them and, most importantly, has the potential to help finance their promising college careers. We congratulate the students and thank their parents, teachers, and counselors, who helped prepare them so well for success at IMSA and beyond.”

16,000 semifinalists out of the 1.5 million students who competed throughout the nation will now try to advance to the finalist level of the competition by submitting a detailed scholarship application. About 90 percent of the semifinalists will attain finalist standing, and approximately 8,000 of these finalists will receive National Merit Scholarships for undergraduate study totaling $35 million. Merit Scholars will be announced in the spring of 2015.

The internationally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) develops creative, ethical leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  As a teaching and learning laboratory created by the State of Illinois, IMSA enrolls academically talented Illinois students (grades 10-12) in its advanced, residential college preparatory program, and it serves thousands of educators and students in Illinois and beyond through innovative instructional programs that foster imagination and inquiry. IMSA also advances education through research, groundbreaking ventures and strategic partnerships.

IMSA's Semifinalists in the 2014 National Merit® Scholarship Program

Student

Hometown

Ali, Waleed

Peoria

Anjur, Vikram

Aurora

Bellamkonda, Vimal

Peoria

Borchering, Marissa

West Chicago

Cao, Ausitin

Naperville

Chen, Diana

Darien

Chen, Xindi,

Lake Forest

Chilukuri, Greeshma

Plainfield

Curtis, Ana

Macomb

Du, Jennifer

Carbondale

Feng, Yan Lin

Bloomington

Freund, Natasha

Shabbona

Go, Cammille

Naperville

Hafiz, Omar

North Barrington

Hennenfent, Eric

Homer Glen

Hu, Fengling

Burr Ridge

Kannan, Vinesh

Schaumburg

Kazenas, Andrew

Itasca

Kontorovich, Max

Buffalo Grove

Kottapalli, Sanjay

Clarendon Hills

Kuna, Kathryn

Naperville

Lee, Kawai

Rolling Meadows

Lembo, Maximilian

Wauconda

Liu, Eveline

Naperville

Liu, Vivian

Charleston

Logaraj, Harishankar

Aurora

Madsen, Danielle

Downers Grove

Magerko, Nicholas

Lake In The Hills

Mastrud, Monica

Batavia

Moreno, Alexander

Bartlett

Mu, Emily

Naperville

Pechi, Daniel

Wheaton

Potharazu, Archit

West Dundee

Rich, Dennis

Bloomington

Salij, Andrew

Riverside

Sloan, Emma

River Forest

Stancov, Simona

Lansing

Suvarna, Adit

St. Charles

Teng, Shelly

Clarendon Hills

Vermani, Vivek

Buffalo Grove

Wang, Paul

Peoria Heights

Wang, Wenhan

Lisle

Wu, Yiqiao

Naperville

Yang, Alan

Darien

Zhou, Timothy

Bolingbrook

 

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