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Search for National Merit scholars begins

Compiled/partly written by Suzanne Sen and Poornima Narayanan Email Compiled/partly written by Suzanne Sen and Poornima Narayanan
October 2019
Search for National Merit scholars begins

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has started its nationwide search for the students who will be named 2020 National Merit Scholars, winners of scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be announced starting next spring. As part of this first step, 72 Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) seniors, part of Class 2020, have been named 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists, based on their college entrance exam scores.

Approximately 1.6 million students in more than 21,000 high schools entered the competition last school year as juniors by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as the initial screening for program entrants. The semifinalists named in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program are the highest scoring entrants in each state.

A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. These academically talented students then compete to become finalists. That recognition is determined by looking at the student’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, and honors and awards received. These students will compete for three types of National Merit Scholarships with winners for 2020 announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April 2020 and concluding in July.

The students from 12 Gwinnett high schools are part of approximately 16,000 top students from across the nation who will now compete for the official National Merit Scholar title and for some 7,600 scholarships, worth more than $31 million.

The 2020 National Merit Semifinalists from GCPS include
Aarsh A. Patel (Parkview HS)
Shalin A. Jain (Duluth HS)
Tanuj Patel and Neil R. Patram (Brookwood HS)
Gautam Desai, Vraj J. Patel, Chirayu M. Salgarkar, Nihar D. Shah (Gwinnett School of Mathematics Science And Technology).

Also, the following student was chosen from 15,000 nationwide to receive a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship: Rohan Misra (Chamblee Charter High School, DeKalb County).

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