The Conroe ISD Board of Trustees gave special recognition to the 2021-2022 Conroe ISD National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists Recipients at their meeting in November.
The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and
scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), a test which serves as an initial screening of approximately 1.5 million entrants. Around 50,000 students with the highest PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index scores will qualify for recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program. In early September, about 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, are notified that they have qualified as Semifinalist. To ensure that academically able young people from all parts of the United States are included in this talent pool, semifinalists are designated on a state representational basis. They are the highest scoring entrants in each state. In February of 2022, approximately 15,000 semifinalists will be notified by mail that they have advanced to Finalist level.
Conroe ISD Semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program are:
Abram Allen, Jay Chakraborti, Michael Frost, Emma Hamilton, Barnett Han, Anna Holleman,
Leonardo Holloway, Ezra Hu, Jack Huff, Rajiv Iyer, William Kaiser, Yasmeen Khan, Christopher
Liotta, Pranavi Maddipatla, Carolina Larracilla Onofre, Mahi Patel, Arjun Radhakrishnan,
Koushal Reddy, Jason Sharer, Mijo Thayyil Thomas, Jacob VanBenthuysen, Alexander Vasquez,
Elliott Walker, Roger Wszolek, Sandra You, and Emily Zhang.
Gregg Colschen, Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education, introduced Denise Cipolla, Coordinator of Guidance and Counseling, who presented these extraordinary scholars to the Board.