WCASD Students Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

West Chester Area School District

WEST CHESTER, PA — The West Chester Area School District (WCASD) has announced that the National Merit Scholarship Corporation declared 10 West Chester Area School District students as semifinalists in the 68th annual National Merit Scholarship Program on September 14.

These academically talented high school seniors have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,250 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $28 million that will be offered next spring.

Congratulations to the following WCASD students for their recognition as National Merit Scholarship semifinalists:

East High School

  • Saanvi Bhatia
  • Daniel Cheng
  • Jefferson Cooper

Henderson High School

  • Aansh Devpura
  • Elan Shigeno
  • Sanjana Singhania

Rustin High School

  • Anika Chaudhary
  • Nicole Jacquette
  • Ji Sung Park
  • Gayatri Venkatesan

Students entered the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) during their junior year, 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.

From over 16,000 semifinalists, more than 15,000 are expected to advance to the finalist level. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. Merit Scholar designees are selected based on their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

To learn more about the National Merit Scholarship Program, visit the National Merit Scholarship Corporation website.

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