2021 Frisco ISD National Merit Semifinalists Named

Sep 14, 2020

2020 National Merit Semifinalists GraphicThe National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has named more than 60 Frisco ISD students as 2021 National Merit Semifinalists in their 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

These academically talented high school seniors span all 10 Frisco ISD high schools and have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered next spring. 

These seniors began their journey to becoming a National Merit Semifinalist when they took the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and includes students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. 

To become a Finalist in the spring, each Semifinalist will submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about their academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. They must demonstrate an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school administrator and write an essay. 

All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists and announced in late spring and summer 2021. Merit Scholar designees will be selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

Congratulations to these Frisco ISD students who embrace excellence and have been officially named 2021 National Merit Semifinalists.

Centennial High School

Trisha Agrawal
Advaith Anakala
Tushar Bansal
Sohm Chheda
Maxine Huang
Katherine Jeng
Fouzul Kansul
Aravind Kuchibhatla
Zain Mallick
Avi Mehta
Pranav Myana
Jayant Rajagopal
Nidhi Sonwalkar
Akhil Vinjamaram

Frisco High School 

Tate Feeney
Rohan Jagannathan

Heritage High School

Rohit Anantha
Natalie Fischer-Colbrie
Lauren Goldschmidt
Ramya Namuduri
Zirou Zhang

Independence High School

Jin-Zi Danjul
Caleb Hoang
Shreya Sahu
Aadarsh Sudanagunta

Lebanon Trail High School

Pavankumar Alluri
Evelyn Chew
Ibrahim Khalilullah
Kristen Kim
Srinjoyi Lahiri
Olivia Mei
Ashita Mutyala
Riya Singla

Liberty High School

Siddhartha Arora
Nathan Hung
Ariana Khan
Min Kim
Anica Liu
Srujan Mupparapu
Addie Osula
Tom Punnen
Sumukh Satish
Warren Shen
Manisha Woodruff
Laura Young

Lone Star High School

Arihan Gupta
Lucy Huo
Benjamin MacLaren
Samay Mohapatra 

Memorial High School 

Ella Landau
Tanvi Panda
Tanya Panda
Lekha Pattim
Julian Sadofsky 

Rick Reedy High School

Rithvi Anakal
Vibha Iyer
Ji-Hoon Jang
Vedant Joshi
Vinuthna Mallampaty
Shishir Chandra Nambi
Arjun Penmatsa
Akshay Sethi

Wakeland High School

Shyamli Channabasappa
Elizabeth Pan
Labiba Uddin

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