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National Merit Semifinalists Announced


The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced 44 students from District 204 have been identified as Semifinalists in the 69th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 69th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,140 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $28 million that will be offered next spring. 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 about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

From over 16,000 Semifinalists, more than 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level. In February, they will be notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.

The District 204 National Merit Semifinalists are:

Metea Valley High School: Sri Lakshmi Battula | Randolph N. Ha | Gurmeher Kaur | Hafsah F. Khan | Somya Mehta | Harika Nareddy | Charles A. Nordahl | Kevin Paul | Sanskruti S. Sangalge | Ravi T. Shah | Kaushik Vemulapalli

Neuqua Valley High School: Arya Adimulam | Serene R. Bose | Alex K. Chatterjee | Nathaniel J. DeSouza | Mohammad Fazalul Haque | Akshaya K. Jasti | Brian Li | Canchen Li | Carissa J. Li | Sophie Y. Lin | Jai Menon | Himesh Nasaka | Aadi Pandit | Siddharth K. Parmar | Shivam Purohit | Adit R. Raha | Elizabeth S. Rosenberg | Alyssa Shroff | Wanhan Sun | Aditya Sundar | Rohan Vaish | Kyle S. Zeng | April Zhang |  Benjamin Zhao

Waubonsie Valley High School: Parnitha S. Bandla | Keian Lam | Jackie Li | Ethan Ma | Neha M. Nadgauda | Eric Prakash | Maya E. Sanny | Arnav Shettyo | Zachary I. Tukker