Senior Antara Singh-Ghai has been selected as 2022 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. She now has the chance to compete for one of 7,500 scholarships awarded in the spring.
Singh-Ghai’s was selected from about 1.5 million high school students nationwide based on their 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test scores, in which she placed among the highest in the state. She represents less than 1 percent of U.S. high school students in this achievement. From here she will submit an application that details her academic record, community and school participation, leadership roles, employment, honors, and awards.
According to the NMS official announcement, "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 in the qualifying test."
In February, she will find out whether she has made it to the finalist level, after which all of the winners will be selected and announced in April.
In addition, it was announced this month that 13 seniors were named to the Commended Students list: Anya Bettegowda, Shealeigh Crombie, Mary Elsner, James Grover, Kavya Krishnamurthy, Davis Lawton, Sam Lublinsky, Natilie Mikhaeel, Danielle Mirin, Gus Morfoot, Lane Murphy, Caleb Seyfried, and Luis Valbuena.
"Commended Students are being recognized for the exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the qualifying test used for program entry," according to the organization.