Fort Bend ISD is proud to announce that 69 high school seniors are semifinalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program, which is a 38% increase over last year’s number of semifinalists. To put that number in perspective, Fort Bend ISD has one of the highest percentages of National Merit Semifinalists among the larger school districts in Texas.
The 69 semifinalists were selected from more than 1.5 million high school students in more than 22,000 United States high schools who entered the 2014 Merit Program by taking the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. 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.
Fort Bend ISD’s 2014 National Merit semifinalists by campus are:
Austin High School
Olubusola Akinniranye, Safiya Bharwani, Salena Huang, Nicholos Joseph, Ami Kapadia, Ann Keenan, Rohan Kondetimmanahalli, Mark Li, Michelle Lu, Tianze Qian, Sarth Raj, Jenny Ren, Patrick Seiler, Olivia Wright and Kevin Wu
Clements High School
Alexander Aitken, Ryan Brophy, Aanandh Chandrasekar, Annie Chang, Raymond Chee, Lavin Chellaram, Ashley Chen, Rukmini Das, James Diao, Patrick Ding, Amy Farrell, Gene Hsu, Aditya Jain, Ethan Kwan, Thomas Lau, Linh-Thoai Le, Joseph Lee, Sean Liu, Michael Lopiccolo, Tanner McKerlie, Priscilla Oh, Michael Peng, Tejus Satish, Zachary Saunders, Xueyue Sun, Anika Tanwani, William Wang, Samuel Yang, Kendall Yates, Theodore Zhang, Grant Zhao and Miranda Zhou
Dulles High School
Kelly Baker, Justin Chia, Caroline Fernelius, Arjun Goswami, Karthik Jagannath, Eucharist Kun, Trevor Le, Kevin Li, Sumarth Mehta, Nathan Moi, Bassel Saleh, Jared Schumann, Conner Smith and Kaelan Yu
Elkins High School
Rahul Gupta, Silin Huang and Thomas Settlemyre
Hightower High School
Benjamin Guo, Nikhita Jacob and Alay Shah
Travis High School
Reena Jasani and Eric Saldanha
These high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 8,000 National Merit Scholarships valued at approximately $35 million that will be offered next spring.