On Jan. 31, 2013, the following Ladue Horton Watkins High School seniors were announced to be finalists in the National Merit Scholarships Competition. All semi-finalists announced earlier this year were also named as finalists.
This year’s semifinalists are: Julia Smith, Taylor Thompson Alexandra Bruns-Smith, Taylor Petersen, Haohang Xu, Olivia Gada, Porag Das, Sydney Petersen, Sarah Allen, Max Schindler, Victor Wang, Collin Christner, Sushant Koirala and Runpeng Liu.
The mission of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) is to recognize and honor the academically talented students of the United States. NMSC accomplishes its mission by conducting nationwide academic scholarship programs. The enduring goals of NMSC’s scholarship programs are:
- to promote a wider and deeper respect for learning in general and for exceptionally talented individuals in particular
- to shine a spotlight on brilliant students and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence at all levels of education
- to stimulate increased support from organizations that wish to sponsor scholarships for outstanding scholastic talent