SEMIFINALISTS IN THE 2020 NATIONAL MERIT® SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

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SEMIFINALISTS IN THE 2020 NATIONAL MERIT® SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

September 11, 2019 Announcement
Advance: For release on Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Note to editors: Semifi nalists in your state are listed alphabetically by city and
high school following this press release.

This material is prepared solely for news media to announce the names of
Semifi nalists; its use for any other purpose is prohibited.

Semifianalists in the 2020 National Merit® Scholarship Program

(Evanston, Illinois) Today offi cials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC)
announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 65th 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 $31
million that will be offered next spring.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award,
Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.
Over 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.

NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was
established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 400 business
organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s
scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.

-moreCaution: Using numbers of Semifinalists to compare high schools, educational systems, or
states will result in erroneous conclusions. The National Merit® Scholarship Program honors
individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous
college studies. The program does not measure the quality or effectiveness of education within
a school, system, or state. For more information about the competition, please visit NMSC’s
website at www.nationalmerit.org.

NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP CORPORATION

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Semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program

Steps in the 2020 Competition
Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit
Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 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.
To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed
scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record,
participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment,
and honors and awards received.

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.

National Merit Scholarships

Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2020. 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 2020 will be announced in four nationwide news
releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than
345,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.
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National Merit, Merit Scholarship, Merit Scholar, and the corporate “Lamp of Learning” logo are federally registered service marks of National Merit Scholarship Corporation. PSAT/NMSQT is a registered trademark of National Merit Scholarship Corporation and College Board.
SAT is a registered trademark of College Board. ACT is a registered trademark of ACT, Inc.

Semifinalists: 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program
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ARKANSAS
ARKADELPHIA
ARKADELPHIA H. S.
000 Hayes, Patrick T.
BATESVILLE
BATESVILLE H. S.
999 Laslo, Veronica L.
HOMESCHOOL
628 McClain, Zachary M.
BENTON
BENTON H. S.
451 Butler, Bishop J.
160 Garner, Kirsten E.
BENTONVILLE
BENTONVILLE H. S.
160 Asif, Khadeeja
903 Batta, Samhitha
561 Berry, Jocelyn J.
000 Cao, Anh
162 Elshoff, Olivia A.
254 Esarte, Matthew J.
712 John, Malaika J.
970 Krishna, Arthi
903 Ray, Kennedy
160 Singh, Harshdeep
843 Sonnabend, Jeremy P.
833 Taylor, Melissa E.
160 Wilson, Rebecca E.
999 Woodhouse, Samuel M.
HAAS HALL ACADEMY
790 Cordero, David J.
821 Curriden, Theodore
619 Fennell, Jacob V.
100 Koster, Asa E.
870 Peretz, Katherine A.
451 Roberts, Kenton A.
450 Rockwood, Adam G.
712 Venugopal, Nikita
160 Yarbrough, Sophia G.
NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
CLASSICAL ACADEMY
628 Rowe, Hannah J.
BRYANT
BRYANT H. S.
450 Av, Kakada
400 Sweningson, Rachel C.
CABOT
CABOT H. S.
161 Johnson, Madeline E.
303 Peck, Ethan D.
629 Pray, Eliana D.
160 Urquhart, Alexis G.
161 Wilmoth, Zachary
CENTERTON
BENTONVILLE WEST H. S.
300 Alvarado, Andres J.
833 Kewan, Laith O.
740 Kilgo, Justin A.
254 May, Adele E.
300 Moustafa, Ahmed R.
870 Poyfair, Joshua X.
908 Thelapurath, Priya
CONWAY
CONWAY H. S.
163 Bruenger, Joslyn R.
950 Butler, Douglas S.
451 Teague, Gavin I.
870 Williams, Mackenzie B.
HOMESCHOOL
450 Hopp, Nicole A.
ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL
201 Brorman, Nicholas R.
EL DORADO
EL DORADO H. S.
843 Price, Aidan G.
303 Ratchford, Scott A.
254 Utsch, Lorin M.
FAYETTEVILLE
FAYETTEVILLE H. S.
454 Anand, Namrata
836 Caudle, Jenna D.
999 James, Paris T.
185 Killian, Grace L.
121 Krizman, Michael A.
000 Li, Grace J.
628 Martin, Grace E.
999 Pierce, Benjamin B.
000 Pierson, Stephen A.
628 Reif, Ana C.
723 Roach, Anna
836 Sampath, Kaushik
202 Thomsen, Amanda M.
741 Tullis, Jason
121 Young, Carson D.
HAAS HALL ACADEMY
308 Batson, Avery M.
607 Bylak, Mitchell J.
628 Dharwadker, Dominic
627 Miller, Kendall R.
301 Nandy, Anshuman
450 Narayan, Ashwin
999 Narayan, Vivek
742 Prabhudesai, Aryan S.
160 Scott, BreeAnna L.
628 Shackelford, Christine M.
000 Wisdom, Charles J.
FORT SMITH
NORTHSIDE H. S.
467 Anderson, Benton C.
SOUTHSIDE H. S.
833 Anower, Mahdir M.
999 Clardy, Kenneth H.
175 Gooden, Martina M.
201 Hannan, Joshua B.
450 Martin, Heber J.
160 Phan, Angelica D.
450 Settlage, Madison E.
303 Welsch, George A.
GREENBRIER
GREENBRIER H. S.
629 Trent, John W.
GREENWOOD
GREENWOOD H. S.
450 Hutchinson, William D.
HARRISON
HARRISON H. S. CONVERSION
CHARTER SCHOOL
603 Smith, David M.
HIGHLAND
HIGHLAND H. S.
999 Hoppe, Joel M.
HOT SPRINGS
ARKANSAS SCHOOL FOR
MATHEMATICS, SCIENCES AND
THE ARTS
836 Ahn, Yoo-Jin
302 Devlin, Ronan A.
166 Eoff, Tristan A.
000 Hardin, Carson O.
600 Hoang, Jason
169 Orlina, Howard Grant E.
162 Smith, Emily E.
467 Whitney, Haven K.
JONESBORO
THE ACADEMIES AT
JONESBORO H. S.
202 Darby, Torre J.
999 Richardson, Eric
301 Sherman, Matthew F.
LITTLE ROCK
CATHOLIC H. S. FOR BOYS
600 Provencher, William H.
202 Ratycz, Nicholas R.
CENTRAL H. S.
906 Baker, Keeling
432 Bates, Jessica L.
160 Garg, Sakshi
303 Helms, Andrew D.
303 Kang, Kelvin L.
300 Li, Anne
160 Li, Audrey D.
605 Liu, Jessica
161 Nischal, Nathania
600 Patel, Jahnavi M.
209 Rike, Mason S.
628 Vaddavalli, Rishith
000 Williams, Owen H.
836 Zhang, Rachel
162 Zhang, Taylor
EPISCOPAL COLLEGIATE SCHOOL
000 Johnson, James E.
000 Messias, Ivan C.
ESTEM HIGH CHARTER SCHOOL
451 Simancas, Gabriel
LITTLE ROCK
CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
450 McGilvray, Stuart
710 Wood, William
MOUNT ST. MARY ACADEMY
999 Boyd, Isabella D.
175 Palmer, Anna N.
PARKVIEW ARTS AND SCIENCE
MAGNET H. S.
542 Schick, Emily G.
PULASKI ACADEMY
999 Chambers, Harper R.
628 Robinson, Courtney A.
999 Waugh, Wilson
MAGNOLIA
MAGNOLIA H. S.
000 Bulliard, Gabrielle N.
MOUNTAIN HOME
MOUNTAIN HOME H. S. –
CAREER ACADEMIES
822 Beckham, Grace C.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK
CENTRAL ARKANSAS
CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
467 Burton, Davis R.
ROGERS
PROVIDENCE CLASSICAL
CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
456 DeJarnatt, James C.
467 Raymond, Isaac J.
ROGERS H. S.
303 Norris, Jack T.
450 Potts, Ethan M.
000 Scogin, Trevor D.
ROGERS HERITAGE H. S.
833 O’Hearn, Michael E.
ROGERS NEW TECHNOLOGY H. S.
204 Abercrombie, Austin C.
RUSSELLVILLE
RUSSELLVILLE H. S.
999 Carreiro, Daxon S.
SILOAM SPRINGS
SILOAM SPRINGS H. S.
900 Arrington, Katherine M.
700 Cooper, Daniel M.
000 Hulbert, Emma C.
SPRINGDALE
HAR – BER H. S.
900 Franco, Claire S.
465 Lonneman, Samuel K.
SHILOH CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
740 Mapes, Breanna L.

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