95 Named National Merit Semifinalists

95 Students Named National Merit Semifinalists
Posted on 10/04/2021
National Merit ScholarshipContra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey congratulated 95 high school seniors for being named among 16,000 Semifinalists in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Led by 51 students at Dougherty Valley High School in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, there were 10 Contra Costa County high schools represented on the list.

“These students deserve to be recognized for the academic excellence they have shown,” Superintendent Mackey said. “Their success speaks to their hard work and perseverance, especially during the pandemic, but also to the support they have received from their parents, teachers and other caring adults. I wish them well in the scholarship competition and in whatever path they choose to follow after graduation.”

Schools with Semifinalists include: Dougherty Valley (51), Monte Vista (16), California (14), Northgate (4), Carondelet (3), and De La Salle (3). Acalanes, College Park, El Cerrito, and Miramonte high schools each had one Semifinalist.

These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million that will be offered in the spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.

High school juniors entered the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2020 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.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP SEMIFINALISTS
ACALANES HIGH SCHOOL
Katrina T. Ortman

CALIFORNIA HIGH SCHOOL
Kareem Alba
Satvik Eltepu
Arnan B. Gangla
Madeline Goldsmith
Nicholas Harvey
Edward Y. Lee
Eric Luhman
Troy C. Luhman
Safwan Mansoor
Anirudh Pai
Vasanth Pugalenthi Saravanan
Gabriel Shen
Julian J. Wang
Cindy Zhu

CARONDELET HIGH SCHOOL
Alison M. Arndt
Emily J. Hou
Kayla M. Nuti

COLLEGE PARK HIGH SCHOOL
Jack M. Holden

DE LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL
Michael S. Kostolansky
Marcel R. Latasa
Samuel H. Pickett

DOUGHERTY VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL
Suhani Akhouri
Faizan Azhar
Harish Balasubramanian
Ria Bhagat
Siddharth Bid
Max Chen
Allison Cui
Annesha Dey
Mason Fang
Ashmit Gaba
Prachi Heda
Kaitlyn Hom
Alexander Hu
Megan Jacob
Samarth Jain
Richard James
Anika Jena
Sanjana Kollu
Valerie Kwek
Katrina Lee
Bernard Li
Stella Lin
Elvin Luu
Alisha Manocha
Nathan Mao
Vikram G. Mehta
Parthiv Nair
Kaitlyn Ng
Diya Parameshwaran
Rhea Park
Radhika Patwardhan
Pooja Ramadas
Venkat R. Ranjan
Sanjit Rao
Yashwanth Ravipati
Naina Sabbineni
Eva Y. Shen
Nihal Singh
Kaylan S. So
Aditii Srinivasan
Shreya Sripada
Nidhi Thati
Rahul Pothi Vinoth Bala Nagaraj
Jason Xie
Aaron Yang
Serena Yang
Anirudh Yarlagadda

EL CERRITO HIGH SCHOOL
Zachary A. Chin

MIRAMONTE HIGH SCHOOL
Wyatt W. Barnes

MONTE VISTA HIGH SCHOOL
Ronit Batra
Aidan Campbell
Lauren Chang
Michelle Chen
Lawrence Feng
Neil Ghose
Charles Gu
Katherine C. Guo
Genevieve D. Herron
Jayna G. Huang
Jinna Lee
William Lee
Eugene Lim
Tanya Sanghal
Joshua Wright
Alice Zhong

NORTHGATE HIGH SCHOOL
Colin Bausley
Shivum Ganesh
Evan C. Leach
Aidan T. Sunbury
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