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Plano ISD Seniors Named Semifinalists in 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program

September 11, 2015

78 Plano ISD Students in Competition
for 7,400 Scholarships Worth More than $32 Million


National Merit LogoPlano ISD joins with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation in recognizing 78 seniors who have been awarded semifinalist standing in the 61st Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These Plano ISD students are among 16,000 academically talented seniors who have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million to be awarded next spring.

About 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, semifinalists must fulfill arduous academic and application requirements to advance to the finalist level of competition. Of the estimated 90 percent of the semifinalists who achieve finalist standing, approximately one half will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title. Read more in the National Merit Scholarship Corporation's 2016 press releasePDF.

Plano East Senior High School

Ariba A. Chaudhary
Priya A. Chelliah
Rahul Gupta
Josey K. Hanish
Aimun A. Khan
Saumya Lohia

Patrick N. Ondrusek
Sakina A. Plumber
Elizabeth P. Rego
Michael T. Retoff
Benjamin P. Riley
Sashank S. Shorey

Plano Senior High School

Josiah H. Budiman
Aaron H. Chen
Shivan N. Chokshi
Jeffrey Huang
Conan Juan
Matthew J. Kim
Sitara S. Kodali

Duncan R. Lee
Kevin R. Nelson
Seo Hyun Park
Vishal Rajesh
Brian Z. Wei
Yixin Yang

Plano West Senior High School

Aneesh R. Adhikari-Desai
Jay Anand
Jessie C. Benson
Jiaming Chen
Muho C. Choi
Julia Chung
Marcus Deng
Jierui Fang
Mackenzie M. Flanagan
Kaivalya Gudooru
Caroline Hao
Usmaan S. Hasan
Casey Hu
Emily X. Hua
Kimberly F. Hwang
Shishir V. Jessu
Janna H. Jiang
Tiasha Joardar
Jana K. Kholy
Joseph Kim
Luke W. Kiowski
Avery R. Kralovetz
Joshua C. Kurian
Leona S. Lee
Soojin Lee
Theo Lee-Gannon
Wenjia Li
Yitong Li

Cynthia Y. Long
Joshua J. Luo
Daniel T. Madden
Sage C. McAdams
Druv M. Patel
Lauren Rahman
Aaron D. Raj
Mehrab Rana
Kevin Rinkliff
Veronica Roitberg
Paul D. Rutherford
Edward B. Sa
Teja J. Sebastian
Gaurav Sethi
Andy Shao
Ronaq Singh
Jackson Tackett
William Tian
Si Qi Tong
Audrey Wang
Alexander J. Wong
Daniel J. Wong
Christine Yan
Mike Y. Zhang
Angela X. Zhao

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