These students are: Yazan Anani, Shane S. Ausmus, Alice Cai, Chandrahas Chappidi, Raymond Chen, Karan Desai, Alan J. Ding, Neha Dudipala, Hannah Duff, Amina Elgamal, Alex Fu, Varshini Guhan, Bonnie Guo, Jingyang He, Nicholas Karlik, Elek Kayuha, Amita Kharabe, Marie Kim, Caleb Li, Jiaqi Liu, Ahmed Mahmood, Sanjay Medicherla, Justin Monroe, Joelle Odoguardi, Lahari Pallerla, Andrei Roman, Jaewon Shin, Clark Smith, Anusha Srivastava, Brandon Starcheus, Tze Hei Tam, Adrian Wang, Annie Y. Wang, Jenny Wang, Daniel Woo, Lucas Yang, Andrew Michael Zhang, Andrew Zhang, Katherine Zhang, Thomas Zhang.
“These 40 students have earned a highly valued national recognition due to their outstanding scores on the PSAT test, a powerful indicator of college readiness,” said Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley. “Congratulations to them and their families on this prestigious designation.”
Of the 1.6 million entrants, only about 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT® Selection Index scores (calculated by doubling the sum of the Reading, Writing and Language, and Math Test scores) qualify for recognition in the National Merit® Scholarship Program. In September, these high scorers are notified through their schools that they have qualified as either a Commended Student or Semifinalist. In early September, about 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, are notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists.
To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must advance to Finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and all other requirements explained in the materials provided to each Semifinalist.
In February, Semifinalists are notified by mail at their home addresses that they have advanced to Finalist standing. High school principals are notified and provided with a certificate to present to each Finalist.
The semifinalists will be recognized at the Oct. 9 Board of Education meeting.