National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners announced

 
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Updated 5/15/2020 8:22 AM

National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced this year's National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners.

The winners were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 finalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

They were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised information submitted by the finalists and their high schools: academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned: scores from the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official.

It marks the second announcement of winners in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. On April 22, more than 1,000 recipients of corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards were named, and on June 3 and July 13, some 4,100 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners will be announced. By the conclusion of this year's competition, about 7,600 academic champions will have won National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million.

2020 National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners

Jim T. James, Aurora; Probable career field: Computer Science; Metea Valley High School, Aurora

Ava R. Dahnke, Barrington; Probable career field: Chemical Engineering; Barrington High School, Barrington

Urja Patel, Bartlett; Probable career field: Medicine; Bartlett High School, Bartlett

Alissa K. Chu, Batavia; Probable career field: Anthropology; Batavia High School, Batavia

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Nicholas C. Castaneda, Buffalo Grove; Probable career field: Actuarial Science; Buffalo Grove High School, Buffalo Grove

Matthew J. Li, Buffalo Grove; Probable career field: Environmental Policy; Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire

Kiran R. Mohan, Buffalo Grove; Probable career field: Medicine; Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire

Erin Y. Yuan, Buffalo Grove; Probable career field: Chemistry; Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire

Ved G. Patel, Cary; Probable career field: Medicine; Cary-Grove High School, Cary

Daniel J. Leung, Clarendon Hills; Probable career field: Business; Hinsdale Central High School, Hinsdale

Annika S. Huprikar, Deerfield; Probable career field: Computer Science; Deerfield High School, Deerfield

Elizaveta M. Kuzmina, Elgin; Probable career field: Public Health; Illinois Math and Science Academy, Aurora

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Umar A. Siddiqi, Elmhurst; Probable career field: Biology; Islamic Foundation School, Villa Park

Allison Splitstone, Elmhurst; Probable career field: Finance; York Community High School, Elmhurst

Matthew Splitstone, Elmhurst; Probable career field: Finance; York Community High School, Elmhurst

Benjamin R. Riner, Geneva; Probable career field: Applied Mathematics; Marmion Academy, Aurora

Michaela Reif, Glen Ellyn; Probable career field: Law; Glenbard South High School, Glen Ellyn

Madaket K. Chiarieri, Glenview; Probable career field: Applied Mathematics; Glenbrook South High School, Glenview

Advait H. Deoskar, Hawthorn Woods; Probable career field: Banking; Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire

Max T. Knutson, Hawthorn Woods; Probable career field: Computer Science; Illinois Math and Science Academy, Aurora

Tobe M. Obochi, Highland Park; Probable career field: Computer Science; Highland Park High School, Highland Park

Nikhil Sriram, Hoffman Estates; Probable career field: Neuroscience; William Fremd High School, Palatine

Ashish M. Subramanian, Hoffman Estates; Probable career field: Biochemistry; Hoffman Estates High School, Hoffman Estates

Christopher A. Vu, Barrington; Probable career field: Medicine; Barrington High School, Barrington

Garifalia M. Kapsalis, Lake Forest; Probable career field: Political Science; Lake Forest High School, Lake Forest

John Chen, Lake Zurich; Probable career field: Biomedical Engineering; Lake Zurich High School, Lake Zurich

Dylan Y. Hu, Lake Zurich; Probable career field: Social Science; Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire

Weirui Tong, Lisle; Probable career field: Academia; Naperville North High School, Naperville

Neil Xu, Lisle; Probable career field: Computer Science; Naperville North High School, Naperville

Sophia I. Pieta, Lombard; Probable career field: Astronautics; Glenbard East High School, Lombard

Jasmine X. Wang, Long Grove; Probable career field: Computer Science; Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire

Emily K. Gordon, Mount Prospect; Probable career field: Engineering; Prospect High School, Mount Prospect

Angela M. Romanelli, Mount Prospect; Probable career field: Medicine; Prospect High School, Mount Prospect

Ainsley S. Ahmadian, Naperville; Probable career field: Undecided; Waubonsie Valley High School, Aurora

Nyah M. Bruce, Naperville; Probable career field: Marketing; Waubonsie Valley High School, Aurora

Eric B. Chen, Naperville; Probable career field: Entrepreneurship; Naperville North High School, Naperville

Anne Foley, Naperville; Probable career field: Computer Science; Naperville North High School, Naperville

Jason Gu, Naperville; Probable career field: Physics; Naperville North High School, Naperville

Jonathan Li, Naperville; Probable career field: Computer Science; Neuqua Valley High School, Naperville

Jessica L. Mann, Naperville; Probable career field: Biology; Neuqua Valley High School, Naperville

Arya Nalluri, Naperville; Probable career field: Law; Neuqua Valley High School, Naperville

Nathan Pruyne, Naperville; Probable career field: Computer Science; Metea Valley High School, Aurora

Muskan Sidhu, Naperville; Probable career field: Neurosurgery; Neuqua Valley High School, Naperville

Kathryn Rose Southon, Naperville; Probable career field: Chemical Engineering; Naperville Central High School, Naperville

Edward Wu, Naperville; Probable career field: Marketing; Naperville North High School, Naperville

Zachary Lu Jialin Xi, Naperville; Probable career field: Undecided; Naperville North High School, Naperville

Alexander C. Yakisan, North Aurora; Probable career field: Engineering; Marmion Academy, Aurora

Elizabeth Welch-Jani, Northbrook; Probable career field: Astrophysics; Glenbrook South High School, Glenview

Alyssa Lee, Oak Brook; Probable career field: Computer Science; Hinsdale Central High School, Hinsdale

Sharon Wu, Palatine; Probable career field: Computer Science; William Fremd High School, Palatine

Brendan P. McCluskey, Plainfield; Probable career field: Science/Research; Neuqua Valley High School, Naperville

Sophia J. Pribus, Riverwoods; Probable career field: Medical Research; Illinois Math and Science Academy, Aurora

Sabrina P. Meng, Rockford; Probable career field: Medicine; Illinois Math and Science Academy, Aurora

Martin D. Susanto, Schaumburg; Probable career field: Mechanical Engineering; Loyola Academy, Wilmette

Elizabeth L. Zhang, Schaumburg; Probable career field: Engineering; James B. Conant High School, Hoffman Estates

Ayumu Seiya, St. Charles; Probable career field: Biochemistry; St. Charles East High School, St. Charles

Sean M. Yetter, St. Charles; Probable career field: Orthopedics; St. Charles East High School, St. Charles

Healey J. Kogan, Vernon Hills; Probable career field: Education (College Professor); Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire

Avery J. Longdon, Vernon Hills; Probable career field: Medicine; Vernon Hills High School, Vernon Hills

Sophie Klopfenstein, Wheaton; Probable career field: Psychology; Wheaton North High School, Wheaton

Rohan Upadhyay, Wheaton; Probable career field: Law; Illinois Math and Science Academy, Aurora

Habib Rehman, Willowbrook; Probable career field: Bioinformatics; Hinsdale South High School, Darien

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