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Bowling Green High School Announces 2023 National Merit® Semifinalists

National Merit Semifinalists Sono Fukushima, Alisha Mullick, and Ethan Langford

Bowling Green High School is proud to announce three seniors named 2023 National Merit® Semifinalists: Sono Fukushima, Ethan Langford, and Alisha Mullick. These students are among more than 16,000 Semifinalists announced Wednesday, September 14, 2022.

The nationwide pool of Semifinalists represents less than one percent of high school seniors in the United States, and the number per state is proportional to the percentage of total graduating seniors. Semifinalists have the opportunity to continue in the National Merit competition for approximately 7,250 scholarships worth nearly $28 million to be awarded next spring. 

Sono Fukushima is the daughter of Craig Fukushima and Yoko Ito. She is an alumna of Potter Gray Elementary and Bowling Green Junior High. At BGHS, she is a member of the College Cohort, BGHS band, and swim and dive team. Sono is also a participant in the Distinguished Young Women. 

Ethan Langford is the son of Jeremiah and Angela Langford. He is an alumnus of W. R. McNeill Elementary and Bowling Green Junior High. At BGHS, he is a member of the band, academic team, and Beta Club.

Alisha Mullick is the daughter of Mrinal Mullick and Charu Raghuvanshi. She is an alumna of Potter Gray Elementary and Bowling Green Junior High. At BGHS, she is a member of the College Cohort, swim and dive team, Beta Club, and Science National Honor Society.  Alisha is a peer tutor, leader of Tiny Trebles, and as a high school student has conducted chemistry and psychology research at Western Kentucky University.

Students entered the National Merit® Scholarship Program as juniors by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Next, to be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 95 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and approximately half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title. 

Principal Kyle McGraw says, “We couldn’t be more proud of Sono, Ethan, and Alisha. Earning this recognition as a National Merit Semifinalist is a reflection of their hard work and willingness to push themselves at Bowling Green High School. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for each of these three.” 

NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 340 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.


  • Bowling Green High School
  • Bowling Green Junior High School
  • Potter Gray Elementary
  • W.R. McNeill Elementary