60 CCS Students Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Carmel Clay Schools congratulates the 60 Carmel High School students named 2021 National Merit Scholarship Corporation Semifinalists. These outstanding seniors have the opportunity to compete for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million.

Carmel Clay Schools 2021 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
Rhea Acharya Andrew Fulkerson Erik Nelson
Ameya Belamkar Robbie Ge Jordan Paraboschi
Matthew Beringer Connor Gioia Samuel Peterson
Nimish Bhat Joseph Hall Matthew Placzek
Janvi Bhatia Emily Hao William Plumb
Quinn Bright Shea Harrell Ashwin Prasad
Suraj Chandramouli Lillian He Nishita Prasad
Angela Chen Nicholas Hsu Lalith Roopesh
Briana Chen Brandon Huang Andrew Sanchez
Elijah Choi Nicholas Ivan Felicia Sanders
Chloe Chui Ethan Johns Esha Sharma
Matthew Daly Neal Joshi Jack Snelling
Emma Domke Hannah Kim Bradley Snyder
Edward Dong Sarah Konrad Carol Syverson
Jennifer Du Lauren Lee Alex Van Bibber
Owen Eckart Mihir Mahajan Olivia White
Zoe Edwards Christopher Martens Grace Xu
Marvin Fan Benjamin Martin Emma Zhang
Benjamin Fang Raymond Mo James Zhang
Joshua Friedman Kyle Mundy Wendy Zhu

“We are very proud of our 60 National Merit Semifinalists, they exemplify a tradition of academic excellence,” said Dr. Tom Harmas, Carmel High School Principal. “This distinction and their pursuit of studies is remarkable and I know our students are grateful for the encouragement, mentorship, and guidance they received from their teachers, staff, and families in earning such an exceptional recognition.”

Over 1.5 million juniors in 21,000 high schools entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The 16,000 students selected as semifinalists represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors. National Merit Finalists will be announced beginning in February, and merit scholarship recipients will be notified later in the spring.

Dr. Michael Beresford, Superintendent of Carmel Clay Schools also commended the students saying, “Sixty National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists is an amazing number and a new record for Carmel High School. These students are incredible scholars and extremely hard workers. I am very proud of their efforts to reach this level, as well as the teachers, staff members, and others who have worked alongside of them through the years. Also, congratulations to their parents as the most important influence in achieving this honor. This group epitomizes our newly adopted tagline, “Together We Achieve.” Well done Greyhounds!”

Carmel High School will recognize the 60 National Merit Semifinalists at the CCS School Board Meeting on Monday, October 26th at 7:00 p.m.