The National Merit Scholarship Program has named 32 members of the Class of 2021 as Semifinalists based on each student’s 2019 PSAT/NMSQT scores. This year, of the more than 1.5 million student entrants nationwide, only 16,000 were selected as semifinalists.
“We are proud to highlight 32 young men who continue to excel academically,” said Veronica Guzman Pulido, Al G. Hill ’63 Director of College Counseling. “While being active participants in our community, these students also achieved the designation to be counted among a select number of students nationally for their diligence and preparation in standardized testing.”
Congratulations to the following seniors named Semifinalists: Alam Alidina, Michael Anderson, Jacob Bell, Beto Beveridge, Beau Exall, Jackson Fair, Jordan Gaines, Fritz Hesse, Matthew Ho, Anish Karthik, Mustafa Latif, Jamie Mahowald, Rishi Mohan, Sam Morgan, Cristian Pereira, Robert Pou, Antonio Quinones, Cooper Ribman, Siddhartha Sinha, Ned Tagtmeier, Sai Thirunagari, Varun Trivedi, Michael Vanesko, Vatsal Vemuri, Benny Wang, Mason Westkaemper, Drew Woodward, Max Wu, David Yang, Charlie Zhang, Han Zhang, and Jerry Zhao.
Additionally, 25 seniors were named National Merit Commended: Luke Annett, Colin Bajec, Rahul Banerjee, Tristan Doan, Buck Elliott, Alexander Emery, Reid Fundis, Connor Gaffney, Aayush Goodapaty, Rajan Joshi, Aayan Khasgiwala, Rikhil Manduva, Henry McElhaney, Josh Mysore, Jack Palmer, Max Palys, Ryan Park, James Petrikas, Luke Piazza, Sarbik Saha, Ajay Schlehuber, Sivakrishna Uppalapati, Tim Weigman, Charles Wilson, and Shiv Yajnik.
These academically talented Marksmen 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. 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 more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.
St. Mark’s School of Texas is a private, nonsectarian college-preparatory boys’ day school for students in grades 1 through 12, located in Dallas, Texas. St. Mark’s aims to prepare young men to assume leadership and responsibility in a competitive and changing world.
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