Lansdale students make their National Merit Scholarships presence known

September 26, 2018 by  

Under 1% of all the high school seniors in the country get to the semifinals of the National Merit Scholarships, and 13 of them study at North Penn High School in Lansdale.

Over 1.6 million students from all over the nation took the PSAT, the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. In order to be named a semifinalist, a student has to have an outstanding academic record in high school, meet the requirements for his or her SAT scores, obtain a high school official’s recommendation, and submit an essay.

In order to move on to become a finalist, a student (or their school) has to send in a detailed account of their academic record, and list their participation in community and school events. They must also provide a record of times they have demonstrated leadership, any jobs they have held, and honors they have received.

The finalists are chosen based on their record of accomplishment, skills, and the potential they demonstrate to succeed in college. Over 90% of those named as semifinalists will go on to the final round, and of those, about half will receive scholarships. Officials at schools like this could work with a banner printing company to create a celebratory banner to display.

The 13 Lansdale semifinalists are Denalia Zhi, Allison Yang, Angela Wu, Yashita Thota, Alexandra Sidach, Manav Patel, Charis Ma, Haiming Lu, Paul Klemmer, Brigit Joseph, Evan Jones, John Grattan, and Pushi Desai.