National Merit Semifinalists 2023

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has announced the names of the semifinalists in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program. Twelve Blake seniors have earned semifinalist designation. These academically talented high school seniors now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $30 million that will be offered next spring. 

Congratulations to Blake's semifinalists:

Matthew Chen
Andrew Corona
Tanush Dhingra
Marcus Hedlund
Justin Krelitz
Lydia Lee
William Mairs
Sofia Perri
Andrew Richardson
Joshua Smith
Elizabeth Terveen
Julia Zhang

Blake also congratulates five members of its senior class who have been commended by the National Merit Scholarship Program in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. Although commended students do not continue in the competition for National Merit scholarships, some of these students do become candidates for special scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses. Blake’s commended students are:

Rishabh Balachandran
Sofia Hedlund
Carl Mariano
Philip Mariano
Abigail Ziehl