National Merit Names 19 Clark Semifinalists


Dylan Patel

In the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, approximately 16,000 semifinalists were selected from across the country. These high school students will have the opportunity to compete for nearly 7,600 National Merit Scholarships which are worth more than 30 million dollars. They are chosen based on test scores from the PSAT/NMSQT exam taken by Clark seniors late last year.

Over the last three years, Clark High School has been on a hot streak, with record-breaking numbers for National Merit Semi-Finalists. This year, Clark’s senior class has nineteen qualifiers, which is slightly lower than last year’s state record of 31. This is likely due to a more difficult PSAT, as indicated by the lower cut-off score of 215 to qualify. In fact, across the United States, many states had significant decreases in cut-off scores.

Despite the decrease in number, we are still proud of our Clark Chargers for achieving the National Merit Semifinalist Award!

Congratulations to the following seniors:

Sophia Adams

Charles P. Birt

Sahi Chundu

Kenneth J. Chung

Caitlyn Taylor H. Coloma

Malcolm T. Hoffman

Sydney E. Lin

Daniel A. Lok

Dylan Patel

Jaiden S. Reddy

Isha K. Shah

Mathew Spagnolo

Melissa Y. Tian

Subhan B. Wade

Grace Y. Wang

Kaitlyn K. Wang

Yiting Wang

Evan R. Wrote

Felix Y. Zhan

The next step for these students is to begin intensive applications to become National Merit Finalists, where they must submit academic records, a personal essay, teacher recommendations, extracurricular information, and more. Good luck to these Clark Chargers, and congratulations again!