25 CFISD students named 2021 National Merit semifinalists

(Courtesy CFISD Communications)

CYPRESS — A total of 25 CFISD seniors representing eight high schools were confirmed as semifinalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, officials announced on Sept. 9, allowing academically talented students to continue in the competition for approximately 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million.

The following students have been named National Merit semifinalists:

Name High School
Smitha Bhagavatula Bridgeland
Samika Iyer Bridgeland
Rohit Jha Bridgeland
Ananya Kaalva Bridgeland
Yule Kim Bridgeland
Connor Mogford Bridgeland
Kathryn Lightfoot Cy-Fair
Jwalanthi Ranganathan Cy-Fair
Saniya Shaju Cy-Fair
Samhitha Bandi Cypress Creek
Kevin Lam Cypress Creek
Eric Bunton Cypress Ranch
Sandy Nguyen Cypress Ranch
James Wang Cypress Ranch
Sascha Granhold Cypress Springs
Alexander Huang Cypress Woods
Kevin Li Cypress Woods
Ruhi Mukherjee Cypress Woods
Ryan Parappuram Cypress Woods
Ashay Swadi Cypress Woods
Toby Yi Cypress Woods
Michael Chan Jersey Village
Lily Nguyen Jersey Village
Aadarsh Narayan Langham Creek
Christine Nguyen Langham Creek


The 25 semifinalists are among 16,000 students throughout the U.S. that placed among the top 1 percent of approximately 1.5 million students who entered the Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit School Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) during their junior year.

To become a finalist, semifinalists must submit a detailed scholarship application, including information about academic records, participation in school and community activities, leadership skills, employment, and honors and awards. In addition to the scholarship application, semifinalists must be endorsed by a high school official and write an essay.

Qualifying students will be notified of their final designation in February, with National Merit Scholarship winners announced beginning in April and concluding in July.


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