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Students Announced as National Merit Semifinalists

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced today 16,000 Semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, including 51 Naperville Community Unit School District 203 students.


Naperville Central High School had 23 seniors named as Semifinalists, and Naperville North had 28. The students now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $31 million that will be offered spring 2019.


The 23 students from Naperville Central are: Alexa Bukowski, Daniel Clepper, Therese Deutsch, Prateek Dullur, Erin Fang, Katherine Ho, Ria Jha, Patrick Koh, Katherine Krupicka, Kenneth Li, Adarsh Mattu, Saagar Moradia, Ganesan Narayanan, Naraen Palanikumar, Shoshanna Perchanok, Jack Reicherts, James Royal, Ammaar Saeed, Lucy Schmid, Justas Stankevicius, Emma Susin, Alex Trickey, and Max Walts.


The 28 seniors from Naperville North are: Kierra Beeson, Jack Boettcher, Denny Chuong, Emma Connelly, Clara Duan, Karen Ge, Justin Griffith, Ryan Guan, Tanya Iyer, Senthooran Kalidoss, Benjamin Kan, Jessica Lee, Maxwell Levitt, Grace Liu, Jason Liu, Aditya Ramachandran, Ryan Robbins, Nicole Serpico, Sonal Sethi, Sangita Setlur, Rachel Shen, Gregory Shobert, Anahita Tewatia, Leanne Wang, Joseph Yuan, Maxwell Zhang, Richard Zhang, and Sarah Zhou.


About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.


To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and his or her high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.  


From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and will be announced in February.  National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced April through July of 2019.