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Madison High School Second In County For National Merit Semifinalists

Eleven students earn honor at Madison, three semifinalists named from Marshall

Eleven students from Madison High School and three from Marshall High School were named 2012 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists last week by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

It's the second year in a row Madison has had 11 semifinalists -- the school has had more semifinalists in the past two years then the past two decades, Assistant Principal Yusef Azimi said.

Across the county, 234 students were named semifinalists, a Fairfax County Public Schools record, officials said in a press release. 

Madison had the second highest number of semifinalists from a single school across the country, falling only behind Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), which has 156 semifinalists.

Semifinalists were chosen because of their high scores on the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Around 16,000 high school seniors across the country were named semifinalists this year. They'll now compete for 8,300 National Merit Scholarship awards worth $34 million.

Finalists are named in the spring of 2012. 

Of the 11 semifinalists from Madison last year, three attended the University of Virginia and two attended William and Mary, Azimi said. The others attend Georgetown, Cornell, Princeton, Virginia Tech, University of Alabama and Reed College.

Madison also had 35 students last year recognized as commended students in the merit program, Azimi said.

The semifinalists are:

Madison High School:  Brian Ammer, Lindsay Brents, William Brown, Harold Hild, Kailyn Hornbeck, Bridget Jamison, Ye Eun Jeong, Lindsey Joost, Andre Lindenfelser, Paul Psarakis, and Jackson Simon.

Marshall High School:  Elizabeth Culbertson, Jonathan Gracia, and Brian Potter.

Kevin G. September 22, 2011 at 12:07 AM
But wait, didn't someone say that Mr. Merrell is a terrible principal that has drugs in his school? You mean the kids were right; they do not have a drug problem and it's just parents trying to involve themselves in an issue that isn't an issue? So Madison is still a high level achieving school as it always was? Wow. Imagine that; the kids told us the truth. We were making a big deal about nothing and the school is fine and kids are making good choices and studying and learning. Shocking.
Mary Bellamy September 22, 2011 at 11:14 AM
Wally, I don't know the truth of what is going on at Madison; however, it is very possible for a school to have both National Merit Semi-finalists and a drug problem.
liz difrancisco September 22, 2011 at 12:57 PM
Am guessing, but those who are NMSF might not be those with drug problems? Just a guess.
Alan September 23, 2011 at 12:13 AM
Mary - if you don't know what is going on at Madison, then you don't know just how right you are. :-) Liz - you don't know how wrong you are.
Alan September 23, 2011 at 12:20 AM
But I in no way mean to detract from the huge accomplishments of these students. I just think alot of people don't realize just how much pressure is put on kids these days and that even if NMSF students don't have drug problems, they still can have some other problems that are just as bad. Like depression, anxiety, eating disorders, etc. And of course there are NMSF students who are overall healthy.
Groovis Maximus September 23, 2011 at 02:18 PM
Madison is full of smart, talented kids - congratulations to these 11!!

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