9 NPHS students named semifinalists in National Merit Scholarship Program


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North Penn High School

LANSDALE – The North Penn School District (NPSD) is proud to recognize the following nine North Penn High School (NPHS) students who were named as semifinalists in the 67th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program:

Anna Chen

Edward Kong

Arushi Mittal

Naman J. Parikh

David Shin

Sulin Shin

Ananya Venkatachalam

Anthony Wang

Eric Wang

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)—which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.

Out of the 1.5 million students who took the qualifying test, approximately 16,000 are named semifinalists in the country. Selected semifinalist students represent less than one percent of high school seniors in the country.

These academically talented high school seniors will now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for more than 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million. Students named as finalists will be selected in April, May, June and July based on their ability to show exceptional academic talent and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

Later this month, a list of “Commended Students” who placed among the top five percentile in the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test will be released to the public.

For more information about these students or the National Merit Scholarship Program, please contact NPHS Senior Class Assistant Principals Megan Schoppe at [email protected] and Nicholas Tayor at [email protected].

For more information about the competition, please click here www.nationalmerit.org.