About 10 Percent of BHS Senior Class Qualifies for National Merit Recognition

November 1, 2022
National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists at BHS for the class of 2023 includes (L-R) Emily Kang, Anna Chong, Emma Szabo, Mihir Vaze. Courtesy Photo BHS (c) all rights reserved

Twenty Bedford High School seniors – about 10 percent of the Class of 2023 – have been recognized for their performances on last spring’s National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Four seniors – Anna Chong, Emily Kang, Emma Szabo, and Mihir Vaze – achieved scores that ranked them as semifinalists, the highest scoring entrants in each state. 

“To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, semifinalists must advance to finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and all other requirements,” according to the National Merit Scholarship Corp. The four BHS semifinalists have applied for finalist status.

Another 16 students received letters of commendation “in recognition of their outstanding academic promise.”

The commended students are Adam Capobianco, Selima Chan, Erika Falco, Rachel Gould, Brian Hwang, Paul Jeon, Anirudh Kumar, Sahana Kumar, Connor McClung, Luca Melfi, Manasi Raghunath, Shirley Sun, Emily Zeltser, Eric Zhang, Denis Yakov, and Edward Zhou.

Nationally, semifinalists and commended students comprise the 50,000 highest scorers with 16,000 recognized as semifinalists. 

BHS students standing out side the school
BHS Class of 2023 National Merit Scholarship Commended Scholars includes
Back Row (L-R)-Brian Hwang, Paul Jeon, Eric Zhang, Luca Melfi, Adam Capobianco, Emily Zeltser, Selima Chan Front Row (L-R)-Edward Zhou, Denis Yakov, Sahana Kumar, Anirudh Kumar, Rachel Gould, Manasi Raghunath, EriKa Falco, Connor McClung (not pictured: Shirley Sun) Courtesy Photo BHS (c) allrights reserved
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