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These Dutchess Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

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Some of Dutchess County’s best and brightest students were among those chosen as semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program, which celebrates academic achievement in high school students.

On Wednesday, 16,000 high school seniors were chosen from around the country. Those 16,000 will soon be pared to 7,500 finalists, who will be picked to receive upwards of $31 million in scholarships, which will be announced next spring as they prepare to continue their educations in college.

Semifinalists from Dutchess County include:

Arlington High School

  • Sabrina P. Goldfischer;
  • Spencer W. Koonin;
  • Elena T. Poon.

Beacon High School

  • Marisa N. Mourgues.

John Jay High School

  • Liam A. Stobert;
  • Amy Zhou.

Our Lady of Lourdes High School

  • Christopher R. DiMeglio;
  • Tara F. Petronio;
  • Albert Zhu.

Red Hook Central High School

  • Nicholas S. Urbin.

Rhinebeck Central School

  • James W. Ayton.

Spackenkill High School

  • Mia Eng-Kohn;
  • Sneha R. Kamada;
  • Rachel X. Li;
  • Zoe C. Whalen.

A complete list of semifinalists can be found here .

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