Twelve district students are National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists


Twelve Dallas ISD students have been named among 16,000 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists, with a chance to become one of the 7,500 Finalists who will take home scholarships worth a combined $32 million.

About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to reach the finals, with half of the Finalists winning a National Merit Scholarship.

According to a Sept. 13 news release from the National Merit Scholarship Corp., Dallas ISD’s Semifinalists are:

Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet 

  • Michael D. Gao

School for the Talented and Gifted

  • Adelle Jia
  • Solvay Linde
  • Julia M. McAulay
  •  Jeremiah D. Reilly
  • Jessica H. Wang

School of Science and Engineering

  • Matthew B. Callahan
  • Yash A. Chandak
  • Daschel R. Cooper
  • Saumya Rawat
  • Raviraj J. Rege
  • Sasha Thomas

About 1.6 million high school juniors from more than 22,000 high schools applied to become Semifinalists by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

To become Finalists, each Semifinalist’s high school must submit a detailed scholarship application that provides information about academic records, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.


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