National Merit Semifinalists/Commended Students 2023 PSAT/NMSQT
Congratulations to our National Merit Semifinalists and Commended Students in the 2023 PSAT/NMSQT Competition!
Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 68th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The ten seniors from Mass Academy, Rajat Baldawa (South Grafton), Simon V. Beyzerov (Medway), Rohan Das (Shrewsbury), Henry Liu (Grafton), Arul R. Mazumder (Boxborough), Krishna Purimetla (Marlborough), Gracie H. Sheng (Northborough), Aaron Z. Tian (Westborough), Maya Zheng (Westborough), and David G. Zhukovsky (Newton), along with the other semifinalists, have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,250 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $28 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. About 95% 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 340 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.
Twenty-three students have been recognized as “National Merit Commended Students” in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program. Our Commended students are Abhinav S. Bapanapalli (Andover), Sreeja Bolla (Hopkinton), Justin W. Che (Sudbury), Amith S. Chintalapati (Shrewsbury), Alexis M. Chong (Uxbridge), Stephen J. Cooley (Wilbraham), Shreya Devarajan (Chelmsford), Svabhu Govindaraj (North Grafton), Daniel G. Kaminski (Holden), Karisma N. Lavana (Shrewsbury), Kiara N. Lavana (Shrewsbury), Poorvi Mohanakrishnan (Marlborough), Vinayak S. Rao (Shrewsbury), Mateo S. Rollins (Boylston), Aaheli Saha (Marlborough), Eeman R. Saud (Shrewsbury), Anush Shah (Shrewsbury), Diksha S. Sriram (Shrewsbury), Diego E. Suchenski Loustaunau (Worcester), Melinda A. Telford (Shrewsbury), Anh D. Tran (Worcester), Robin K. Warner (Stow), Cameron T. Whiting (Hopedale).
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic progress. Although they will not continue in the 2023 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers who entered the 2023 competition by taking the 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
“We are incredibly proud of the accomplishments of these and all of our students at Mass Academy. Their curiosity, perseverance, passion for learning, and willingness to face challenges head-on are truly inspiring. This recognition of the students’ scholastic achievement is a testament to the support and education provided to our students by their families, their sending schools, Mass Academy, and WPI,” states Mass Academy Director Anne Ludes.
Congratulations to all!