48 Carmel Clay Students Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists


Carmel, IN – Carmel Clay Schools congratulates the 48 Carmel High School students named 2020 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 2020 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists are as follows:

Aiden Ascioti
Shivani Balachandar
Jacob Beach
Viha Bynagari
Suhas Chundi
Colette Clouse
Anushka Dasgupta
Emily Deldar
Eleanor Dyas
Sydney Edwards
Claire Fisher
Cameron Hillsman
Da-Hyun Hong
Jacqueline Hur
Deetya Iyer
Elaina Johnson-Glaser               
Tara Kandallu
Jaehee Kim
Zoe Koniaris
Aditi Kumar
Raphael Li
Hannah Liu
Uday Lomada
Eshandeep Oberoi
Justin Pallotta
Mohnish Pandey
Bennett Ring
Kian Robinson
Madalyn Sailors
Logan Sandlin
Andrew Schallwig
Nicole Segaran
Rohil Senapati
Min-Seok Sim
Yannik Singh
Julia Sweet
Kieran Thomas
Riya Verma
Harry Wang
Jerry Wang
Michael Wang
Nathan Wang
Lisa Warren
Lina Waseem
Natalie Wells
Iris Yan
Brian Zhang
Christopher Zou

Dr. Michael Beresford, Superintendent of Carmel Clay Schools congratulated the 48 students on their accomplishment. “What an amazing accomplishment for these students and their families. Students who earn this honor are extremely bright thinkers, but they are also extremely hard workers. These students have put in the hours and hours of work in our most rigorous courses of study to reach this level. I’m extremely proud of the students and their support team of parents, staff, and others who helped them achieve the honor of National Merit Semifinalist.”

Over 1.5 million juniors in 21,000 high school entered the 2020 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 April.

“We are very proud of our 48 National Merit Semifinalists, they truly embody a tradition of academic pursuit,” said Dr. Tom Harmas, Carmel High School Principal. “Their commitment to their studies is impressive and I know our students are especially thankful for the support, mentorship and guidance they received from their teachers and parents in earning such an outstanding recognition.”

Carmel High School will recognize the 48 National Merit Semifinalists at the CCS School Board Meeting at the Educational Services Center on Monday, October 28th at 7:00 p.m.