Ten Lawrentians are among the less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors selected as semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program competition. Congratulations to Fifth Formers Shriya Annamaneni, Miranda Cai, Praneel Chakraborty, Aileen Cui, Ashley Duraiswamy, Vincent Huang, Dami Kim, Deven Kinney, Liana Raguso, and Nicholas Zhou.
The approximately 16,000 semi-finalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program are now eligible to compete for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million. Winners will be announced in April – July 2020. They will join more than 345,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.
A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT or ACT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.
From the approximately 16,000 semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the finalist level, and 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.
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