The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of the Semifinalists in the 65th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Of these 16,000 students nationwide, 13 Forest Hills Public Schools students were named National Merit Semifinalists and 19 were named National Merit Commended Students.
To qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program, students take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which serves as an initial screen of program entrants. About two-thirds of approximately 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT are named Commended Students. About one-third of the 50,000 high scorers are notified they have qualified as Semifinalists. Semifinalists represent less than one percent of the U.S. high school seniors and are designated on a state-representational basis as the highest-scoring entrants in each state. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title. National Merit Finalists will be announced in the spring of 2020. Congratulations to the following seniors.
National Merit Semifinalists
- Central High School: Suchir Gupta, Benjamin Kastner, Elena Kelbley, Yuyuan Luo, Sarah Schenck, and Andrew Travis
- Eastern High School: Praneet Gundepudi, Jill Pierangeli, and Kennedy Southland
- Northern High School: Elliot Baker, Cameron Bruneau, Spencer Reynolds, and Abigail Zhang
National Merit Commended Students
- Central High School: Grant Adrianse, Ali Azeem, Lindsey Cool, Rachel Cooper, Elijah Logan, Aiden Mahoney, and Advith Reddy
- Eastern High School: Ritwik Majumdar, Claire Parish, and Natalie Robbins
- Northern High School: Tavin Fiser, Joshua Goldberg, Owen Hart, Jack Hillary, Robert Janei, Kali Mochel, Camil Suciu, Amy Teodorescu, and Olivia Wolfe