The National Merit Scholarship Corporaton recently selected its high school senior semifinalists. All 15,000 semifinalists represent the top half of 1 percent of the nation's high school seniors.
More than 1 million students enrolled in about 18,000 secondary schools entered the 1981 program by taking the PSAT/NMSQT in 1979 when most were high school juniors. Colleges and universities will be notified who the semifinalists are, increasing their chances of admission.
About 14,000 finalists will be notified next february that they are competing for about 4,500 Merit Scholarships to be awarded next spring.
The following list includes semifinalists from Montgomery, Prince George's, Howard, Frederick and Anne Arundel Counties.
Annapolis: Annapolis Senior High School, Amy M. Mitola and Daniel C. Rosenman; The Key School, Edward F. Beach and Matthew I. Thomas. Beltsville: High Point Senior High School, TERESA T. Chen and Tod H. Hopkins. Bethesda: Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, Ian M. Aberbach, Eve Abraham, Lisa Cherkov, Daniel J. Edelson, Clifford J. Eskey, Russell F. Ford, Jed J. Gaylin, Deborah S. Kalb, Simon G. Kaplan, Mark C. Nelson, Roland B. Nomiya, Douglas W. Pinsky, John A. Richter, Pamela G. Smoot and Noam Y. Stadian; Holton Arms School, Barbara B. Cuthill, Mary T. Danforth, Amy C. DeLouise, Ami Kim, Carol L. O'Neill; Walter Johnson High School, Elizabeth W. Davies, Rachel J. Givelber, Mohan M. nAdkarni, Sean O'Malley and Eleanor A. Prouty; Landon School, Charles G. Asbed, Charles L. Byrd, Stewart H. Cobb, Joshua G. Eagle, David C. Kovar and Tushar C. pAtel; Stoneridge CDS-Sacred Heart, Caroline Elizabeth Cassidy; Walt Whitman High School, Christopher Scott Bodde, Susan D. Booth, Michael Buarque de Macedo, Patrick Byrne, Arjun S. Chanmugam, Raymond C. Chen, Alison E. Colwell, Kevin C. Gaffney, Marc H. Goldstein, Gaile G. Gordon, Robert Haddon, John C. Harte, Sanford L. iSrael, Morris M. Jackson, Hilde E. Khan, Craig A. Lapine, Nicholas J. Leavitt, Joshua C. Levin, Louise H. Lofquist, Antony G. Maniatis, Jason M. Mayerfeld, Bethany S. Pray, Michael B. Richan, Michael Richter, Dorothy B. Rony, Elisabeth T. Roth, Ruth A. Rudel, Evan R. Smith, Richard A. Sowalsky, Marie J. Sullivan, Andrea M. Wilson and David R. Woodman. Bowie: Bowie Senior High School, Sara J. Betz, Elisabeth M. Cooper, Angela E. E. Hubler, Shaun E. McGarvey, Elise S. Nacht, Robert D. Schramm, Laura E. Tanner. Brandywine: Gwynn Park Senior High School, Margaret R. Odell. Burtonsville: Paint Branch High School, Margaret M. Barry. Columbia: Antholton High School, Jennifer L. Holt; Oakland Mills High School, Jean V. Callahan, Angela M. Klapp, Michael S. Lorton; Wilde Lake High School, Marie E. desJardins and Steve E. Lucco. Damascus: Damascus High School, Grace E. Mueller. sEllicott City: Centennial High School, Ray Beeler, Richard Buchsbaumn and Joseph D. Stroessner; Howard High School, Samuel L. Kerr. Fort Meade: Meade High School, John H. Ellman and John R. Poff. Frederick: Governor Thomas Johnson High School, Gregory V. Bean and Joseph Serrano; Lingamore High School, Renee K. DuRand. Gaithersburg: Gaithersburg High School, James R. Hughes. Gumbrills: Arundel Senior High School, Kristina Bakke, Patrick L. Jennings and Cheryl T. Yasuda. Germantown: Seneca Valley High School, David E. Bengtson, Michael Cannon, JAMIE R. Goldstein, Albert C. Torek and Edward White. Greenbelt: Eleanor Roosevelt Senior High School, Mark J. Abbott, Michael H. Atkinson, Christina M. Bechtold, Shane E. Cottrill, Jeffrey M. Hill, David C. Hirsch, Robert C. Jones, Tracie A. Lango, Frank L. McConnel, Jeffrey F. Raffensperger, Shari Romerstein and Marisa J. Werner. Harwood: Southern Senior High School, Joan C. Hawxhurst. Laurel: Laurel High School, Wortham D. Davenport. Oakland: Southern High School, Kimberly A. Zimmerman. Pasadena: Chesapeake Senior High School, Donald Adams. Potomac: Bulis School, Johnathan P. Hexter; Winston Churchill High School, Byard J. Bennett, Michael P. Cassidy, David Dea, Daniel W. Forden, Richard M. Joyce, Benjamin E. Sauer and Jeffrey S. Urbach. The German School, Martin G. Hobson. School of the Holy Child, Mary C. Deckelman. Rockville: Georgetown Preparatory School, Joseph A. Califano and Charles Homonnay-Preyer; Colonel Z. Magruder High School, Amelia M. Dillon; Richard Montgomery High School, Edward E. Manouelian and Blaise Scinto; Robert E. Peary High School, Bonnie A. DeBold, David B. Fialkoff, Daniel L. Gilly, Michael E. Lyons and Edward E. Thompson; Rockville High School, Alice R. Blackburn, Gregory J. Raley and Christianna S. Williams; Charles W. Woodward High School, Steven M. Kearns, Martin C. Offutt, Roy I. Peterkofsky, Beth E. Roberts, Todd E. Rockoff and Karen L. Swanson; Thomas S. Wootton High School, David F. Allen, Cynthia J. Cupples, Sarah M. Diamond, Robert J. Hotes, Kaarkuzhali B. Krishnamurthy, Jeffrey V. Kuo, Perry Lessing, Jay T. Miller, Frederick M. Proctor, Lily L. Shiue, Steve C. Shiue, Marc T. Silver and Victor H. Wu. Sandy Spring: Sherwood High School, John M. Bowman, Anette M. Emery, Randall A. Kaylor, Thomas Oblonsky, Signe M. Peterson and Elizabeth M. Welch. Severn: Martin Spalding High School, Alyce J. Miles, Paul F. Sauberer. Severan Park: Severna Park Senior High School, Adam S. Bllum and Steven M. Dunne. Silver Spring: Northwood High School, Robin L Goldberg, Jeffrey P. Naimon, Laurence Peiperi, Michelle Schultz and Valerie E. Stone; Springbrook Senior High School, Matthew M. Lih, David T. Okamoto, David A. Risenberg and Rebecca J. Zastrow. Takoma Park: Montgomery Blair High School, Jeffrey H. Dunn, Geoffrey R. Harris, Jeffrey N. Park, Ralph B. Robinson and Peggy J. Slover; Takoma Academy, Karen J. Bandeen.Upper Marlboro: Queen Anne School, Richard E. Mattersdorff; Capitol Christian Academy, Bruce Walton. Wheaton: Good Counsel High School, Robert L. Beranek and John M. Wack.