Canyon High School National Merit Scholars announced today by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC)

Orange, CA – Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced today the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.  These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.  To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.  About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.  About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). 

Canyon High School is pleased to announce the following Semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit® Scholarship Program:

  • Shefali Krishan
  • Connor Woodson
  • Kunseo Yook
  • Zachary Yuan


Additionally, Canyon High School would like to announce that 21 scholastically talented seniors have been named as Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.  About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.  Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2018 competition by taking the 20916 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifiying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).

Canyon High School is pleased to announce the following Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit® Program:

Madison Belk Joseph Lee  Claire Powers
Emma Bellman  Sara Leonard  Edric Sivoraphonh
Kyle Bui  Ryan MacMillan Pauline Tran
Brian Chen Lance Mahoney Jacqueline Venckus
Timothy Cunningham Hadee Makda Isabelle Vu
Elisha Goldine-Hashim °Austin Nguyen Sydney Walsh
Garrick Jensen Reena Patel Disha Zambani


The Orange Unified School District educates approximately 26,000 PreK-12th grade students in the Cities of Orange, Villa Park, Anaheim, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, and unincorporated county areas.  In partnership with our community, we provide a safe, equitable, and innovative culture of learning for each scholar to have a competitive EDGE as a leader.