26 seniors qualify as National Merit Semifinalists

Sammi Handler

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation named 26 seniors as some of the 16,000 National Merit Semifinalists based on their PSAT scores.

Last year, the class of 2017 took the new PSAT, which is 35 minutes longer than the old test and has two sections as opposed to three. The old PSAT had critical reading, writing and math sections all worth 80 points, and the new test has an evidence-based reading section and a math section each worth 760 points.

To qualify, the semifinalists met or exceeded a score of 1480.

The number of Harvard-Westlake semifinalists is a decrease from last year’s total of 31 students and is also lower than 2013’s record 54 semifinalists.

The list of semifinalists for the Harvard-Westlake class of 2017 is below.

Lara Bagdasarian

Justin Ciccone

Serena Davis

Sabrina de Brito

Kami Durairaj

Oliver Friedman

Eli Goldin

Eric Han

Matthew Henriks

Matthew Hogan

Lauren Kim

Vincent Le

Brennan Lee

Jane Lee

Jack Li

Jake Liker

Tony Ma

Catrin Murphy

Jesse Nadel

Tivoli Nguyen

Charlie Noxon

Rohan Prashant

Rian Ratnavale

Talia Ratnavale

Brendan Rose

Kevin Wesel