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CONCORD, NH — Twelve exceptional high school students hailing from Concord, Alstead, Derry, Gorham, Greenland, Hampton, Hanover, Hollis, Weare, and Windham have emerged as victorious recipients of the esteemed National Merit $2,500 Scholarships for the year 2023.

The much-anticipated announcement was made on Tuesday, unveiling the 12 triumphant students among a pool of over 2,400 finalists, handpicked from a staggering 15,000 participants. The program commenced back in October 2021, when juniors underwent the PSAT/NMSQT exam as part of an initial screening process.

In the subsequent fall, the highest-scoring individuals from each state, constituting less than 1 percent of the nation’s high school seniors, were officially recognized as semifinalists.

The selection committee carefully chooses the National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners based on a culmination of remarkable achievements, exceptional skills, and the potential for excellence in rigorous college studies. The proportional representation of their graduating high school seniors nationwide determines the winners from each state.

Let’s take a moment to recognize these accomplished students:

  • Kaleb Houle-Lawrence of Alstead, a student at Fall Mountain Regional High School in Langdon, showcasing a probable career interest in education.
  • Anshul Rastogi, a homeschooled student from Concord, currently exploring various career paths.
  • Jacob L. Lebroda, attending Pinkerton Academy in Derry, with a promising future in international business.
  • Alec J. Wydra, a student at Gorham High School, displays a passion for applied mathematics.
  • Alyona A. Latsilnik of Greenland, who attends St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Dover, harboring aspirations in the field of oncology.
  • Emily M. Currie of Hampton, studying at Berwick Academy in South Berwick, Maine, with an interest in biomedical engineering.
  • Lauren K. Hall of Hanover, a student at Hanover High School, exploring various career prospects.
  • Sarah A. Hall of Hanover, attending Hanover High School, demonstrated a keen interest in foreign service.
  • Sora S. Shirai of Hanover, studying at Hanover High School, aiming for a career in biomedicine.
  • William K. Longtin of Hollis, a student at Hollis-Brookline High School, focuses on neuroscience.
  • Ryanne E. McCann of Weare, attending Goffstown Area High School in Goffstown, aspiring to pursue psychology.
  • Heather P. Brayer of Windham High School, envisions a future in electrical engineering.

Heartfelt congratulations to all these accomplished students for their exceptional achievements and well-deserved recognition.

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