25 CFISD students named 2021 National Merit semifinalists

October 2, 2020

 25 CFISD students named 2021 National Merit semifinalists

Oct. 2, 2020—A total of 25 CFISD seniors representing eight high schools were confirmed as semifinalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, officials announced on Sept. 9, allowing academically talented students to continue in the competition for approximately 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million.

The following students have been named National Merit semifinalists:

Name

High School

Smitha Bhagavatula

Bridgeland

Samika Iyer

Bridgeland

Rohit Jha

Bridgeland

Ananya Kaalva

Bridgeland

Yule Kim

Bridgeland

Connor Mogford

Bridgeland

Kathryn Lightfoot

Cy-Fair

Jwalanthi Ranganathan

Cy-Fair

Saniya Shaju

Cy-Fair

Samhitha Bandi

Cypress Creek

Kevin Lam

Cypress Creek

Eric Bunton

Cypress Ranch

Sandy Nguyen

Cypress Ranch

James Wang

Cypress Ranch

Sascha Granhold

Cypress Springs

Alexander Huang

Cypress Woods

Kevin Li

Cypress Woods

Ruhi Mukherjee

Cypress Woods

Ryan Parappuram

Cypress Woods

Ashay Swadi

Cypress Woods

Toby Yi

Cypress Woods

Michael Chan

Jersey Village

Lily Nguyen

Jersey Village

Aadarsh Narayan

Langham Creek

Christine Nguyen

Langham Creek

The 25 semifinalists are among 16,000 students throughout the U.S. that placed among the top 1 percent of approximately 1.5 million students who entered the Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit School Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) during their junior year.

To become a finalist, semifinalists must submit a detailed scholarship application, including information about academic records, participation in school and community activities, leadership skills, employment, and honors and awards. In addition to the scholarship application, semifinalists must be endorsed by a high school official and write an essay.

Qualifying students will be notified of their final designation in February, with National Merit Scholarship winners announced beginning in April and concluding in July.

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