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Top of the Class!

September 15, 2022

By Kelli Gile, WVUSD Office of Community Resources 

WALNUT, CA- Continuing a tradition of excellence, 18 Walnut Valley USD seniors have been named semifinalists in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program.

These high achieving students represent the top 1% in the country.

Congratulations to the following students:

Diamond Bar High SchoolRyan Chung, Jeffrey Gong, Marcus Hsieh, Andrew Huang, Edward Kim, Jason Kim, Jenna Kim, William Li, Chloe Lim, Ryan Shin, Angie Sun, Angelina Young, Max Zhu.

Walnut High School:  Samuel Chou, Hudson Kaleb Dy, Shani Su, Chelsea Yeh, Jadon Zhu.

The nationwide pool of approximately 16,000 semifinalists are the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

All semifinalists have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,200 National Merit Scholarship awards worth more than $28 million to be awarded next spring.

Students entered the 68th annual National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the PSAT Test as juniors which served as the initial screen of program entrants.

To move onto the finalist round, students are judged based on a detailed scholarship application covering their academic record, leadership abilities, employment, participation in school and community activities, and honors and awards received.

Students must also write an essay and be recommended by a high school official.

“This award means that my hard work finally paid off!” said Diamond Bar High senior Ryan Shin.


Top of the Class! Five Walnut High School seniors have been recognized as 2023 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. 

Senior Scholars! Thirteen Diamond Bar High School seniors have been named 2023 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists.