Twenty-eight Parkway students named 2023 National Merit finalists
3/14/2023 -- Twenty-eight Parkway seniors have been named finalists in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program. These students represent less than 1% of high school seniors in the United States. The Parkway students are:
Central High Gaayathri Binoj Emily Huang Allison Loudenback Nisha Murali Sonali Paranjothi Refah Reza
North High Aman Pai
South High Maanvi Aggarwal Ria Chopra Ashok Kothamasu William Sorg Lauren Turco Karyss Vedder
West High Owen Arneson Nikita Bhaskar Joseph Britt Allison Byergo Bennett Christofferson Rohan Daggubati Ethan DeLuca Katherine Evans Wilson Gao Mitchell Harms Jacob Rushing Noah Schell Shiv Sharma Alan Song Nathan Zhou
To become a finalist, students must 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. A finalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay and earn SAT or ACT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.
In the fall, approximately 16,000 students nationwide were selected as semifinalists, and 95% go on to become finalists. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,250 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $28 million.