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Sixty-one Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

Sep 20, 2018

Frisco ISD high schools are proud to announce that 61 Frisco ISD students have been named National Merit Semifinalists for the Class of 2019.

The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).

Of the 1.5 million entrants, some 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT® Selection Index scores qualify for recognition in the program.

In early September, about 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, are notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists. To ensure that academically talented young people from all parts of the United States are included in this talent pool, Semifinalists are designated on a state-representational basis.

The FISD Semifinalist list includes:

Centennial High School

Jeffrey Bao
Arlinda Chen
Ryan Chen
Brian Lee

Frisco High School

Akhil Bedapudi
Keree Bhalodia
Christian Reddin
Maegan “Rhys” Short
Eric Wu

Heritage High School

Brice Chen
Cassidy Ehrman
Sai Vaishnavi Movva
Jaydeep Perpeli
Dorothy Tiu
Kerry Tu

Independence High School

Aryan Agrawal
Anushya Alandur
Andrew Han
Isaiah Hwang
Kaitlyn Liu
Hershitha Nallapareddy
Shalini Namuduri
Stefanie Ray
Dhruv Sethi
Varunika Singh
Elizabeth Wigglesworth
Jeff Young

Liberty High School

Shruti Bindingnavile
Samy Boutouis
Saahithi Joopelli
Amer Jusupovic
Sumedh Kandadai
Kanika Kappalayil
Amelia Leslie
Rick Li
Aniket Matharasi
Elaine Mei
Elizabeth Piper
Lisa Punnen
George Rao
Sayyant Rath
Vinit Shirvaikar
Kelly Sun
Sruthi Suresh
Arjun Venkat

Lone Star High School

Yogita Manikandan
Tarun Sontam

Reedy High School

Masaraat Asif
Aneesha Baral
Caleb Biddulph
Yedu Chimmiri
Pranav Eswaran
Jung “Grace” Shin
Sarah Varghese
Matthew Zhang

Wakeland High School

Katherine Belilty
Rahul Das
Jacob Fujihara
Hannah Lee
Karissa Lonon
Rishi Ponnekanti


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