14 Fairfax students win National Merit scholarships

Fourteen Fairfax County schools students received National Merit scholarships financed by colleges and universities around the country.

Of the 14 awardees, seven are students from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, the elite magnet program for Northern Virginia.

About 2,500 students nationwide earned National Merit scholarships, which provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for four years of study.

The winners, and their college choices, are: Meghan Coyle of Hayfield Secondary, University of Southern California; Margaret Schaaf of Herndon High, Arizona State University; Isaac Yampolsky of Herndon High, Northwestern University; Kyra Rodi of Lake Braddock Secondary, Hillsdale College; Ryan Barrett of Marshall High, University of Alabama; Annmarie Brinza of Marshall High, Washington University in St. Louis; Nivetha Vijayakumar of McLean High, Merit Vanderbilt University; Noah Bardash of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Washington University in St. Louis; Tiffany Duong of TJHSST, University of Maryland; Katharine Earl of TJHSST, Oberlin College; Christine Lucky of TJHSST, Washington University in St. Louis; Ian McConnell of TJHSST, Furman University; Joseph Nissen of TJHSST, University of Alabama; and Carlisle Wishard of TJHSST, University of Alabama.

T. Rees Shapiro is an education reporter.

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