These high school seniors are among 16,000 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists nationwide. They are the top scorers among 1.3 million students who took the 2003 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Semifinalists are the highest-scoring entrants in each state. For purposes of the test, the District is counted as a state. The number of semifinalists is proportional to the state's percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. The District has traditionally been allowed more semifinalists than would be allowed under strict application of the proportional formula. The highest possible score on the 2003 test was 240. Semifinalists in the District and Maryland needed 222 points. In Virginia, the figure was 219.

BENJAMIN BANNEKER

Anna W. Liebowitz

EDMUND BURKE

David S. Deull

EMERSON PREPARATORY

Jonathan A. Jacobs

GEORGETOWN DAY

John B. Biersteker

Johannah S. Cornblatt

Andrew E. Dick

Andy L. Garin

Jeffrey M. Harps

Jeremy B. Kanter

Jacob M. King

Alexander J. Ruby

Julia K. Tomasko

William C. Wallace

GEORGETOWN VISITATION

Claire K. Musica

Abigail C. Poats

GONZAGA COLLEGE

Matthew P. Bresnahan

Ryan J. Minogue

Thomas A. Newell

MARET SCHOOL

Nathaniel B. Abrams

Abbey N. Agresta

Clayton G. Davis

Tess A. Dearing

Rachel W. Dempsey

Daniel Peterson

Samuel E. Ritchie

Meagan C. Shimizu

NATIONAL CATHEDRAL

Anna P. Barrett

Elizabeth J. Berman

Leah R. Calvo

Ryan E. Cowdry

Elizabeth G. Lovegrove

Abigail S. Ludwig

Brooks T. Swett

Rachel M. Talley

Stephanie I. Yesnik

SCHOOL WITHOUT WALLS

Davide G. Carozza

Nathan B. Thoreson

SIDWELL FRIENDS

Yaphet T. Berhanu

Simone E. Berkower

Kimberly J. Bloom-Feshbach

Jonathan W. Bragg

Emily M. Brooks

Hannah E. Coolidge

Kathryn C. Cushing

Jennifer J. Esch

Cameron P. Finucane

Gregory C. Fong

John M. Geise

Peter E. Grant

Benjamin F. Hartman

Daniel J. Helman

Helen E. Koch

Anant Kumar

Joseph Liotta

Ilya V. Loksha

James J. Petrila

Samuel H. Powell

Kathryn A. Ray

Amy W. Rothschild

Sophia S. Ryan

Alice R. Sturm

Maud G. Taber-Thomas

Nicholas K. Tabor

Alexander L. Tom

Emma S. Winer

Benjamin S. Zwelfach

ST. ALBANS

Benjamin A. Bodurian

Halbert C. Decell

Alexander Fossi

Alexander B. Gill

Cullen O. Macbeth

Daniel Rasmussen

Benjamin T. Rothenberg

Alexander H. Sullivan

Michael M. Vinson

Peter D. Wallach

ST. ANSELM'S ABBEY

Ian L. Kennedy

Benjamin K. Marsh

Patrick H. McCarthy

Xan A. Vongsathorn

WOODROW WILSON

Rebecca Elsenbrey

Steven E. Gornstein

David H. Iscoe

Thomas J. McCarthy

Daniel F. Whitener