National Merit Semifinalists/Commended Students Named
Nine Fox Chapel Area High School seniors have been designated as National Merit Semifinalists and 16 have been named Commended Students in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The Semifinalists from Fox Chapel Area High School are Elijah Conklin, Aiden Dorneich, Arjun Golla, Lawrence Liu, Silas Owens, Mahitha Ramachandran, Arvind Seshan, Dylan Srodes, and Ethan Tan. The Commended Students from Fox Chapel Area High School are William Fera, Zoe Fitzsimmons, Zachary Gordon, Nathaniel Green, Ananth Kashyap, Paul Kullmann, Matthew Lu, Kevin Quinn, Diya Reddy, Luka Romero, Thomas Selwood, Sophie Shao, Prajval Sreenivas, Blaz Vavpetic, Daniel Wang, and Bowen Williams.
All of these students were selected based on their 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) scores. Each year, more than 1 million juniors complete the PSAT/NMSQT and are automatically entered into the National Merit Scholarship Program. Approximately 16,000 advance to become Semifinalists and about 34,000 are Commended. The Semifinalists represent less than one percent of the nation’s high school seniors and the Commended Students scored in the top 5%. 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 or ACT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. The Commended Students are recognized for their exceptional academic promise. The Semifinalists now have the opportunity to advance to the Finalist level and compete for 7,250 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $28 million to be offered in the spring of 2023.