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Old 05-03-2012, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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Mostly from TJ!

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Chantelle Tait of Centreville High School (undecided).
Robert Mason, Jr., of Chantilly High School (computer engineering).
Aditya Mazmudar of Fairfax High School (medicine).
Holliday Shuler of Langley High School (anthropology).
Harold Hild of Madison High School (international relations).
Elizabeth Culbertson of Marshall High School (physics-research).
Gabrielle Tate of Oakton High School (electrical engineering).
Sivasankari Rajamarthandan of Robinson Secondary School (medicine).
Peter Ahnn of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) (chemical engineering).
Reece Anderson of TJHSST (engineering).
Skyler Anderson of TJHSST (biomedical engineering).
Sakethnath Are of TJHSST (mathematics-computer science).
Matthew Baron of TJHSST (engineering).
Connor Brinton of TJHSST (bioinformatics).
Meredith Burkle of TJHSST (marine science-environmental engineering).
Rachel Chuang of TJHSST (medicine).
Adrienne Doebrich of TJHSST (physical science).
Emily Harmon of TJHSST (biology).
Helen Hastings of TJHSST (computer engineering).
Rabia Idrees of TJHSST (medicine).
Yon Jang of TJHSST (materials science-engineering).
Tushar Kamath of TJHSST (biomedical engineering).
Priya Krishnan of TJHSST (business management).
Varun Kumar of TJHSST (engineering).
Cynthia Li of TJHSST (biology).
Jonathan Lykins of TJHSST (aerospace engineering).
Omeed Maghzian of TJHSST (international relations).
Usnish Majumdar of TJHSST (medicine).
Govind Mattay of TJHSST (bioengineering).
Daniel Shanker of TJHSST (mechanical engineering).
Alisha Sindhwani of TJHSST (computer science).
Sameer Singh of TJHSST (medicine).
Suganya Sridharma of TJHSST (medicine).
Mary Sun of TJHSST (biomedical engineering-medicine).
Stefan Van Rafelghem of TJHSST (medicine).
Michael Wattendorf of TJHSST (mathematics-physics).
Esther Wang of TJHSST (computer science).
Glenna Yu of TJHSST (science).
Patrick Yu of TJHSST (biology).
Yuqing Zhang of TJHSST (computer science).
Stacey Zhou of TJHSST (economics).
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Old 05-03-2012, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Okay, okay...this is going to sound snotty...but that's all? I would have expected a lot more from a district this size and this caliber.

My district (3 high schools, total of 1400ish seniors) had 20 the year I graduated, and they were just run of the mill public schools. Maybe things have gotten way tougher in the past decade? I dunno, I was a merit scholar and I don't remember it being a big deal in 2004. It's just your PSAT scores, isn't it? I got a couple thousand dollars out of it though, which was nice
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Old 05-03-2012, 06:50 PM
 
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Are you sure you're not confusing National Merit Semifinalists and National Merit Finalists? There are always more National Merit Semifinalists announced in the late summer/early fall. I believe - didn't go back and check - that TJ usually has over 100 Semifinalists.

The cutoffs also vary from state to state.
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Old 05-03-2012, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Fairfax County
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Are you sure you're not confusing National Merit Semifinalists and National Merit Finalists? There are always more National Merit Semifinalists announced in the late summer/early fall. I believe - didn't go back and check - that TJ usually has over 100 Semifinalists.

The cutoffs also vary from state to state.
156 in the 2012 cycle:

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Old 05-03-2012, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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Well to give a comparison, in Wake County (Raleigh area), which has 140K students versus Fairfax County's 170K students, there were only 9 winners of the scholarship. Although, to be fair TJ has students from surrounding counties, so a few of them may really belong to Loudoun, Arlington, or PW.

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Old 05-03-2012, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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Okay, I was curious about this. On the National Merit website, it says there are about 15,000 finalists. But of those, there are only about 8300 winners of the $2500 scholarships. The 41 named above are actually among the 8,300 winners.

National Merit Scholarship Corporation - NMSP
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Old 05-03-2012, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Reston
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Well to give a comparison, in Wake County (Raleigh area), which has 140K students versus Fairfax County's 170K students, there were only 9 winners of the scholarship. Although, to be fair TJ has students from surrounding counties, so a few of them may really belong to Loudoun, Arlington, or PW.

Wake county has only 5.4% asian tiger parents.
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:06 PM
 
Location: McLean, VA
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'Mostly' from TJ is an understatement. Try, OVERWHELMINGLY (33 of 41/80%) from TJ. That is amazing. Our society is more and more one where the cognitive elite are only amongst themselves. Many of the TJ kids will go on to elite universities (with other elite children) and then go on to live in neighborhoods where other graduates of elites universities live. All the while, hardly ever having to mix with average and above average children
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Old 05-04-2012, 01:34 AM
 
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156 in the 2012 cycle:

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Nearly all of the semi-finalists become finalists. I am shocked that TJ's numbers are so low. Ten years ago they had 153 finalists. I suppose this goes along with TJ's recent policies to let in more and more students who aren't qualified.
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Old 05-04-2012, 03:10 AM
 
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TJ had 156 semi-finalists for 2012. The first posting is the list of 43 students who won the $2,500 scholarship from the NMSC for 2012. Yup, most semi-finalists become finalists but not all will get the $2,500 scholarship.
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