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National Merit Semifinalists Announced
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Thursday, September 15, 2016

24 LASA HS Seniors Named 2017 National Merit Semifinalists


The Liberal Arts and Science is proud to announce the names of its 24 semifinalists in the 2015-16 National Merit Scholarship Program today. Nationally approximately 16,000 students were chosen to continue in the 62nd annual competition for 7,500 Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring. To become finalists, a student must have an outstanding high school academic record, be endorsed and recommended by the school principal, and submit SAT scores that confirm his/her earlier qualifying test performance. Finalists will be announced in February 2017.


Congratulations to the semifinalists from LASA HS.


Gabriel Alvarez 

Benjamin Deterling

Amir Downing

Aaron Garay 

Jessica Gitre

Olivia Hansen 

Najah Hussain

Hannah Grace Jensen

Satvik Kolluri 

Chloe Larson

Oscar Newman

Andrew Plaisance

Cass Plowman

Ujwal Punyamurtula

Sai Sameer Pusapaty 

Neel Rao 

Erik Rhodes

Yash Sarda 

Katie Shi 

Noah Simon 

Vijay Veeraraghavan 

Cameron Wynn 

Benjamin Zern


The National Merit process started with more than 1.6 million juniors in 22,000 schools who took the Preliminary SAT test in 2015; semifinalists were the highest-scoring participants. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. We are proud that of AISD’s 38 Semi-finalists, 24 attend LASA.

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