Three students from the Garden Grove Unified School District are National Merit Scholarship semifinalists this year, and all three have Vietnamese names, according to a press release from the district.
The three finalists are Kevin Pham of La Quinta High School (Westminster resident), and Minhngoc Nguyen and Quynh Nguyen of Garden Grove High School (Garden Grove residents), are semifinalists in the prestigious National Merit Scholarship program.
Being a semifinalist for the National Merit Scholarship is actually just based on PSAT scores. Further consideration includes school records, SAT scores, and an essay. About 90% of semifinalists advance to the finalist rank, and about half win the scholarship.
The Garden Grove USD covers most of Garden Grove and portions of six surrounding cities – Anaheim, Cypress, Fountain Valley, Santa Ana, Stanton, and Westminster. The entirety of what is commonly considered the “Vietnamese area,” including the commercial area known as Little Saigon, falls within the GGUSD.