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National Merit semifinalists and scholarship winners for 2011

July 14 update   Two recent IHS grads are college-sponsored National Merit Scholarship winners for 2011.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

July 14 update

More than 1,700 additional winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities were announced today by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

Two more recent graduates from the District are college-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners for 2011:

  • Jeff D. Crocker, Issaquah High School
  • Tyler J. Herrmann, Issaquah High School

May 25 update

More than 2,900 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities were announced today by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

Two Skyline seniors are college-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners for 2011:

  • Saumya L. Copparam, Skyline High School
  • Dipanwita Maulik, Skyline High School

April/May update

National Merit Scholarship Corporation officials released the names of winners in the 56th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Approximately 1,000 distinguished high school seniors have won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards financed by about 200 corporations, company foundations, and other business organizations.

Issaquah's Corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners are:

  • Katarina A. Brunette, Issaquah High School
  • Jay R. Chakravarty, Liberty High School
  • Benjamin C. Huang, Skyline High School
  • Praveen Puvvadi, Skyline High School

Thirteen seniors in the Issaquah School District were recognized in September as semifinalists in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program. They join a national pool of about 16,000 students, which represents less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, who became semifinalists by being the top scorers on the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).

These seniors now have the opportunity to continue in the competition to compete for 8,400 scholarships from colleges and corporate sponsors, worth a combined $36 million, that will be offered next spring. To become a finalist, a semifinalist must submit evidence of an outstanding academic and civic record in high school, be endorsed and recommended by the school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student's earlier test performance.

Scholarships are awarded to finalists based on their skill, accomplishments, and potential for success in college studies. Winners will be announced in four waves beginning next April and ending in July.

All sophomores and juniors in the Issaquah School District will have the opportunity in October 2010 to take the PSAT/NMSQT® during the school day in order to prepare them for the SAT and focus all students on post-high school education.

Issaquah's 2011 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists are:

  • Katarina A. Brunette, Issaquah High School
  • Jay R. Chakravarty, Liberty High School
  • Elliott Chin, Issaquah High School
  • Saumya L. Copparam, Skyline High School
  • Jeff D. Crocker, Issaquah High School
  • Sarah M. Hanna, Issaquah High School
  • Tyler J. Herrmann, Issaquah High School
  • Benjamin C. Huang, Skyline High School
  • Dipanwita Maulik, Skyline High School
  • Praveen Puvvadi, Skyline High School
  • Andrew J. Repp, Issaquah High School
  • James A. Richardson, Skyline High School
  • Eric H. Yu, Issaquah High School

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