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Walnut valley Unified School District

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14 WVUSD seniors named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

September 13, 2018

By Kelli Gile, WVUSD Office of Community Resources

WALNUT, CA—Walnut Valley USD is proud to announce that 14 seniors have been named 2018 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists.

These students will continue to compete for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarships that will be offered in the spring.

More than 1.5 million students entered the Merit Program as juniors by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

High scorers were designated semifinalists, representing less than 1% of the state’s graduating class.

In total, just over 16,000 talented seniors qualified nationwide.

Congratulations to the following teens who have been recognized for demonstrating exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies:

Diamond Bar High: Ruiyan Cao, Brian Chang, Alex Cheng, Matthew I. Ho, Sungloo Jeon, Alvin Lee, Eric Peng, William Shao, Crystal Song, and Amy Xia.

Walnut High: Renee Hua, Eugene Y. Lo, Ransom M. MacLeith, and Amanda L. Taing.

Walnut Valley’s 14 National Merit semifinalists will advance to the finalist level upon completion of additional requirements.

They must maintain an outstanding academic record throughout their senior year, be endorsed and recommended by their principal, submit SAT scores that confirm their earlier qualifying test, and complete an essay and scholarship application detailing their leadership and community activities.


Walnut High School seniors Ransom MacLeith, Renee Hua, Amanda Taing, and Eugene Lo have been named to the prestigious list of 2018 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. 

Congratulations to the ten Diamond Bar High School seniors announced today as 2018 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists.