Merit semifinalists named

The National Merit Scholarship Corp. announced 412 Georgians among approximately 16,000 semifinalists for this school year’s National Merit Scholarship Program.

The high school seniors named semifinalists earned that status with their success on the Preliminary SAT last fall. They are in the running for some 8,200 scholarships worth a total of $36 million, to be awarded in the spring for use at college starting next school year.

The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating seniors. To become a finalist, a semifinalist must have an outstanding high school academic record, be endorsed and recommended by his or her high school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm the performance on the PSAT. A semifinalist also must submit a detailed scholarship application, including an essay. Roughly 90 percent of the semifinalists will become finalists.

The following are semifinalists who attend schools covered by Reporter Newspapers: Isabella Hendry, Atlanta Girls School; Hortense Badarani, Emmaline Campbell, Brian Pettitt-Schieber and Colin Shore, Atlanta International School; Alice Bottoms and Olivia Stockert, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School; Marilyn Lapu, Holy Spirit Preparatory School; Samuel Hempel and Benjamin Laur, Lovett School; Charles Fortin, Pranav Mahadevan, Daniel Motter and Stephanie Word, Marist School; Mandy Eidson, North Atlanta High School; John Calhoun, Sean Doherty, Emily Kaplan, Derek Leung, Andrew Longhi, Amy Schettino and Isaac Sukin, Pace Academy; Allison Briskin, Weber School; Katharine Armstrong, Thomas Brooke, Irene Chen, Eugene Cho, David Floyd, Ann Giornelli, Jillian Giornelli, Matthew Gittleman, Angela Guo, Aaron Hersum, Daniel Hope, Elizabeth Howell, Alexander Jordan, Rachel Jordan, Yeshwanth Kandimalla, Rachel Klopper, Joseph Long, Elizabeth Lummus, Martha Lummus, Ellen McKnight, Elisabeth Powell, Julia Smith, Zaev Suskin, David Tinnon and Marietta Tung, Westminster Schools; and Michael Cohen, Rachel Niederhoffer, Victoria Shaw and Julian Shutzberg, Riverwood International Charter School.

‘Taste’ event benefits North Atlanta High

Some of Buckhead’s favorite restaurants and chefs will offer up samplings of their work Oct. 6 at “A Taste of North Atlanta,” a fund-raising event for the booster club and athletic teams at North Atlanta High School. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and are available online at

Restaurants participating include Restaurant Eugene, Canoe, Ted’s Montana Grill, Via Elisa, Anis Bistro, Moe’s, Ansley Country Club, Amuse, The Catering Cajun, Pizzeria Venti, Taqueria Del Sol, Piece of Cake, Salsa, Six Feet Under, One Star BBQ, 180 Degree Kitchen and Urban pL8.

Atlanta Girls’ School celebrates 10th anniversary

Atlanta Girls’ School has scheduled a series of events this school year to commemorate its 10th anniversary.

The year-long celebration begins with a “Celebration of Thought” lecture series – the first is Oct. 6 with Duane Neil, a national authority on media literacy – which complements the curricular highlights of the school, including art, media, science, diversity, government, the environment and technology.

Other “Celebration of Thought” lectures: Nov. 6, Col. Pam Melroy, NASA astronaut; December (date to be determined), Sen. Nancy Kassebaum Baker; Feb. 2, screening and commentary with Paul Saltzman, director/producer of “Prom Night in Mississippi” documentary; and April (date TBD), discussion on clean water.

Other events are planned: “Celebration of Service Day” on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; “Celebration of Learning” day-long seminar for parents, faculty and staff on March 21; and black-tie gala, with best-selling author Daniel Pink, April 17.

All events are open to the public. For more details, go to