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National Merit Semifinalists National (Some former Bemis students are listed)


We have big news!

Sixty-eight Troy School District students were named National Merit Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. This honor is bestowed to less than one percent of students nationwide, based on their scores on the Preliminary SAT. About 1.5 million students take the PSAT every year.

Last year, TSD set a record—and the high mark in the region—with 67 semifinalists. This year, we added one more for a new record.

“We are extremely proud of our National Merit Semifinalists,” said Troy School District Superintendent Rich Machesky. “Their commitment to excellence and hard work has paid off. Their achievements are a shining example of what can be accomplished with a strong public school system, dedicated teachers and staff and supportive parents and community.”

These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title. Historically in Troy, the vast majority of semifinalists go on to win scholarships.

The following students from Athens, Troy High and the International Academy East have earned the National Merit Semifinalist distinction:

Swapnil Akunuri

Sujai S. Arakali

Ajay Balaji

Benjamin F. Balas

Sirisha S. Billa

Anurag R. Bolneni

Sathvik Byreddy

Alex H. Chen

Angela Y. Chen

Christopher Chen

Satya Chitturi

Jiwoo Choe

Jennifer Cui

Deepthi R. Devireddy

Kevin D. Fietsam

Jerry Gao

Michelle M. Gu

Bhaghyasree Jambunathan

Natalia M. Jenuwine

Kathryn R. Jorgensen

Hareena Kaur

Noshin T. Khan

Michael W. Kolakowski

Soumeeka Koneru

Aditi Krishnan

Matthew Kunjummen

Lena E. Leszinsky

Jonathan M. Li

Lucy Li

Andrea M. Lin

Eva M. Lisowski

Alexander Z. Liu

Claudia Macri

Dhruv Medarametla

Erin S. Mitchell

Anagha Mulpur

Rohit Nair

Joshua W. Pang

Leena S. Penumalee

Pooja Polamarasetti

Anshul V. Puli

Arjun S. Puri

Huda T. Rabbani

Nithyashree Ramadurai

Ananya Ravi

Emily N. Schram

Neil N. Shah

Jenny Shang

Sukhnayak Sohi

Pooja Subramaniam

Bhavya Sukhavasi

Thejas Suvarna

Xinchu Tian

Ciara L. Timban

Pranav Vijay

Apurva R. Virkud

David W. Wu

Julia W. Xu

Justin Xu

Demi Yang

Jennie L.Yang

Eric Y. Yu

Jeanna Yu

Andrew Yuan

Alex Zhang

Ashley Zhang

Winston W. Zhang

Addison Zhou

The Troy School District will hold a reception for the 68 semifinalists in mid-October. For photos and more information, check out the upcoming October issue of School Life Troy.

For more information on the National Merit Scholarship program, please visit their website at