Contra Costa Semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit® Scholarship Program

Contra Costa Semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit® Scholarship Program
Posted on 09/21/2020

PLEASANT HILL, Calif. – September 21, 2020 –Recently, officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered next spring.

Contra Costa County is well-represented with 96 semifinalists (student names, schools, and towns listed below).

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfil several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. Over 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

“We could not be prouder of our county’s National Merit Scholarship semifinalists,” Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey said. “This past school year has been a very busy and challenging period for our honored group, yet they found the time to file a comprehensive scholarship registration form and write a detail essay, while also maintaining a stellar academic record, earning scholastic awards and honors, and much more. We also salute these students’ families and teachers for their support.”

NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. To learn more about the NMSC, please visit their website.

Program Steps in the 2021 Competition

More than 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2019 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.

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.

National Merit Scholarships

Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2021. Every Finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit® $2500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state-representational basis. About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 220 corporations and business organizations for Finalists who meet their specified criteria, such as children of the grantor’s employees or residents of communities where sponsor plants or offices are located. In addition, about 180 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4,100 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2021 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 353,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

This year’s Contra Costa County NMSC semifinalists:  

BRENTWOOD

HERITAGE H.S.

Wallace, Spencer E.

CONCORD

DE LA SALLE H.S.

Vaughn, Ryan J.

 

Ygnacio Valley H.S.

Truong, Zia

 

 

DANVILLE

ATHENIAN SCHOOL

Liu, Sarah Mia S.

Maram, Alekhya

Shah, Adit A.

Zarbock, Radman T.

 

MONTE VISTA H.S.

Fattah, Zaid I.

He, Daniel

Kim, Joel S.

Li, Sean J.

Thilak, Rashmin

Toliver, Alicia K.

 

SAN RAMON VALLEY H.S.

Bray, Daniel G.

Ge, Izabella

Traore, Ynes T.

EL CERRITO

EL CERRITO H.S.

Lewis, Zachary

Merish Rose, Sophia

Norena, Carlos

Williams, Samuel

 

SUMMIT K2

Hung, Clara

 

LAFAYETTE

ACALANES H.S.

Feinberg, Kai W.

Lattin, Jamie E.

Mason, Morgan T.

Orlando, Isaiah F.

Payne, Madison A.

Steele, Jackson R.

 

BENTLEY SCHOOL

Kocs-Meyers, Dora M.

McManus, Nathaniel A.

MORAGA

CAMPOLINDO H.S.

Heidersbach, Zoe J.

Liao, Joshua R.

Seo, Noel J.

Stoyanov, Hari T.

 

ORINDA

HOMESCHOOL

Armstrong, Jack E.

Schroff, Jerrae C.

MIRAMONTE H.S.

Foster, Jenna Q.

Morganstein, Joshua T.

Nibley, Preston C.

Svahn, Sarah H.

Yu, Edwin Y.

 

PLEASANT HILL

COLLEGE PARK H. S.

Benabou, Samuel E.

Holden, Nathaniel

 

SAN RAMON

CALIFORNIA H. S.

Barranco Gonzalez, Andrea

Ganesan, Sriram

Gupta, Bhavya

Pasula, Shamith S.

Puliyadi, Vikram K.

Thomas, Nathaniel

Wang, Alexis J.

 

DOUGHERTY VALLEY H. S.

Anand, Kavya

Balaji, Nisha

Bhat, Savit

Chalamcharla, Akhil

Chatterjee, Aniket

Chen, Kevin

Chen, Steven L.

Dickenson, Ian A.

Garg, Arjun

Goyal, Sumedha

Iyengar, Aniketh N.

Kesani, Pranav S.

Kolli, Sumanth

Lahorani, Anish

Lee, Joseph G.

Li, Eric F.

Lim, Ian

LuoZhang, David Zhi

Moon, Kenneth H.

Nagapuri, Shruthi

Padisetti, Vedasamhitha

Pang, Darren S.

Patel, Aryan

Raju, Aditi

Ramesh, Amritha

Ranganathan, Sanjana

Ravikumar, Shreya

Sharma, Sonal

Shi, Katherine

Su, Stephanie F.

Sunder, Ajitesh

Vummarao, Salika

Wang, David

Wang, Timothy Y.

Ying, Joy W.

Yoo, John

Zeng, William W.

Zhang, Claire Z.

Zhang, Jennifer J.

Zhang, Paul Z.

 

WALNUT CREEK

LAS LOMAS H. S.

Melin, Samantha N.

Wang, Andrew Z.

Xie, Emily

 

NORTHGATE H. S.

Arona, James Kyle A.

Balashov, Alexis

Lee, Natasha J.

Nordberg, Ingrid E.

Wang, Caroline X.

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