Record Number of Mason National Merit Semifinalists

Record Number of Mason National Merit Semifinalists
Posted on 09/13/2017
National Merit SemifinalistsMason City Schools has set a new district record for the number of National Merit Semifinalists. Mason High School celebrates the achievement of 39 of its students who were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Competition for 2018. 

Sudarsana Addepalli, Dariah Ansari, Saagar Chokshi, Lauren Elliott, Anna Estes, Alexander Gao, Wei Gao, Lauren Han, Thomas Hayama, Jeffrey Huang, Natalee Jobert, Arjan Kalra, Preetham Kastury, Mujtaba Khalid, Suraj Komatineni, Sydnie Kong, Ryan Kouche, James Krueger, Jack Li, Terry Luo, Rishi Mehta, Connie Mi, Olivia Min, Rishav Mukherjee, Atneya Nair, Ishani Paul, Ranjani Ramasubramanian, Rahul Ramesh, David Sun, Suraj Suresh, Noah Trenaman, Jenny Wan, Alex Wang, Hengyi Wang, Linda Wang, Ryan Winterhalter, Joyce Wu, Catherine Xu and Peter Zhu all National Merit Semifinalists.  They are among the approximate 16,000 of the nation's top students, less than one percent of high school seniors nationally, who will go on to compete for the prestigious National Merit Scholarships. In February 2018, the Semifinalists will be notified whether they have advanced to Finalist standing. Corporate, college, and National Merit scholarships will then be awarded to finalists between April and July 2018.
MHS Principal Dave Hyatt congratulated the students on their accomplishment. “We’re extremely proud of these Class of 2018 students who will go down in school history for having the most national merit semifinalists of any of our classes. We've already seen these students making an impact on their teachers and classmates, and we are confident that when they leave the halls of Mason High School they are going to continue to make their mark on the world.”

The students will be recognized by the Board of Education on October 24.
The National Merit Scholarship Program is a prestigious academic competition for recognition and scholarship that began in 1955.  High school students enter the National Merit Program as juniors by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test --a test which serves as an initial screen of more than 1.5 million entrants each year -- and by meeting additional program requirements.
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