Commonwealth Seniors Recognized in 2023 National Merit® Scholarship Program

Commonwealth School is pleased to share outcomes from the 2023 National Merit® Scholarship Program to date.

Twenty-two of this year's forty-two seniors have been recognized in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program, either as Semifinalists or Commended students.

Representing the state of Massachusetts, the six Semifinalists include:

  • Will Du ’23, of Canton (child of Charlie Du and Li Xu)
  • Moe Frumkin ’23, of Brookline (child of Peter Frumkin and Sharon Grimberg)
  • Linda He ’23, of Salisbury (child of Fangli He and Meijun Xu)
  • Ella McKee ’23, of Westwood (child of William McKee and Margaret Reynolds)
  • Victor Na ’23, of Quincy (child of Dr. Jishen Na and Song Liu)
  • David Wang ’23, of Lexington (child of Zhonghua Wang and Shujun Li)

These National Merit Semifinalists join a nationwide pool of approximately 16,000 students, representing less than 1% of graduating high school seniors in the U.S. and including the highest-scoring entrants in each state. 

An additional sixteen Commonwealth seniors received notice of the National Merit Letter of Commendation. These are students whose PSAT scores put them in the top 3% of test takers nationally:

  • Jo Axel ’23, of Brookline (child of Dr. Sarah Axel and Christopher Doyle)
  • Charles Brainin ’23, of Brookline (child of Robert Brainin and Nicola Kean)
  • Kendall Brainin ’23, of Brookline (child of Robert Brainin and Nicola Kean)
  • Alex Choi ’23, of Bedford (child of Dr. Tony Choi and Dr. Melissa Choi)
  • Ayla Denenberg ’23, of Newton (child of Dr. Lawrence Denenberg and Dr. Rachael Rosner)
  • Romen Der Manuelian ’23, of Needham (child of Matthew Der Manuelian and Dr. Anahit Atayan)
  • Eliza Fried ’23, of Auburndale (child of C. Gregory Fried and Christina Hardway)
  • Parth Garg ’23, of Boston (child of Dr. Ashish Garg and Ambika Garg)
  • Nathan Leung ’23, of Boston (child of Chris Yau)
  • Jason Li ’23, of Sharon (child of Yulong Li and Minjia Zhang)
  • Peter Luo ’23, of Boston (child of Chuankui Luo and Hongxia Kou)
  • Daniel Martin ’23, of Arlington (child of Matthew Martin and Laura Johnston)
  • Ben O’Donnell ’23, of Melrose (child of Michael O’Donnell and Katharyn Hok)
  • Kian Park ’23, of Cambridge (child of Youngjoon Park and Dr. Ilyon Woo)
  • Henry Stepanyants ’23, of Hingham (child of Dr. Armen Stepanyants and Kirsten Banks)
  • Meredith Teague ’23, of Lexington (child of Charles Teague and Megan Teague)

Approximately 1.5 million juniors entered the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test®. Finalists will be announced in February of 2023, and National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced between April and July.

Our congratulations to these and all of our hardworking seniors!

For more information, please contact Director of Communications Jessica Tomer,, 617-266-7525.