Thirty-two Dublin City Schools students have been named National Merit Scholar Semifinalists

Thirty-two (32) Dublin City Schools students have been named National Merit Scholar Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

These students are: Sahil Ambardekar, Rithika Bayipati, Rebecca Berman, Dylan Cai, Kristine Cao, Lena Caruso, Jackson Chapman, Jesse Clemens, Aneesh Ganga, Jayanth Gunda, Janice Guo, Yash Gupta, Jay Huang, Elaina Hull, Ria Jotsinghani, Nancy Kim, Eric Lin, Linda Lu, Ashish Malempati, Aleksander Mehta, Abhishek More, Rakesh Murugesan, Bradley Nafziger, Leah Neff, Santhusht Prasad, Joseph Queen, Nikola Ricchiuti, Yogesh Sawant, Jenny Shen, Grace Tacchetti, Katherine Yao, Andy Yu.

“These 32 students have earned a highly valued national recognition, 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. 8 Board of Education meeting.

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