27 from Bellevue’s Interlake High among this year’s National Merit semifinalists

The National Merit Scholarship program has released the names of this year’s semifinalists who are eligible to compete for big academic scholarships next spring.

For the third year in a row, Bellevue’s Interlake High School had the most National Merit Scholarship program semifinalists of any school in the state, with 27 students who will compete for academic scholarships next spring.

Skyline High School in Sammamish was second, with 18 semifinalists, followed by Seattle’s Lakeside School, with 16.

The state’s semifinalists had the highest scores on the 2016 PSAT, which 1.6 million juniors took this past year. Each state’s number of semifinalists is proportional to the state’s percentage of the graduating seniors from across the nation.

To become a finalist, students must submit a detailed scholarship application that includes academic transcripts, an essay and a letter of recommendation. About 90 percent of semifinalists advance to the finalist level. About half the finalists win a National Merit Scholarship.

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Here are the semifinalists from local schools, by city:

AUBURN

Homeschool — Swofford, Katherine

BELLEVUE

Bellevue High School — Bahn, Anthony; Dai, Julia; Fan, Sarah; Girnus, Clare; Huang, Emily; Lin, Jeffrey; Ma, Kevin; Shao, Nathan; Song, Henry; Yang, Heesoo; Zhao, Samuel

Interlake High School — Bentley, Stephanie; Cao, Lilly; Dong, Richard; Guo, Tina; Huang, Christopher; Jiang, Peishan; Joy, Diya; Lee, Hyunjae; Li, Alexander; Li, Jenny; Liang, Jessica; Liu, Eric; Liu, Richard; Muntianu, Tudor; Rosenwald, Bryce; Roy Choudhury, Ritika; Sitomer, Niharika; Srikanth, Kavya; Trivedi, Aramya; Verma, Saijel; Wang, Grayson; Wijeratna, Aishanee; Wong, Austin; Yang, Michael; Yun, Sterling; Zhi, Sophia; Zou, Grace

Newport High School — Guo, Jimmy; Huang, Michael; Kim, Sooji; Lee, Peyton; Lim, Anne; Liu, Autumn; Mach, Yoeur-Man; Ouyang, James; Tsai, Valerie; Yang, Jay; Yang, Yerin; Zhao, Ivan

Sammamish High School — Ka, Taylor; Kuntz, Jonathan; Li, Tina; Shi, Megan; Tsai, Jeremy

BOTHELL

Bothell High School — Dowling, Kyrie; Gill, Vikram; Packer, Maxwell; Thomas, Clayton

Providence Classical Christian School — Brokaw, Jeannine

Woodinville Montessori School — Chutani, Anisha

BURIEN

John F. Kennedy Catholic High School — Colgan, Samuel

COVINGTON

Kentwood High School — Watson, Stephen

DES MOINES

Mount Rainier High…

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