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2020 National Merit semifinalists include 45 seniors from FCPS

Fayette County Public Schools has produced nearly four dozen semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. The following students are among some 16,000 outstanding high school seniors who will compete for about $31 million in awards next spring. 

From Bryan Station: Madeline Farrar; 

From Henry Clay: August Colby, Eli Flomenhoft, Natalie Hayslip, Paul Kamer, Megan Kauffman, Eesh Kulshrestha, Bhoomi Shah, Briana Thompson, and Helen Yong; 

From Paul Laurence Dunbar: John Adkins, Niklas Balk, Henry Blyth, Catheryne Cunningham, William Ding, Abigail Fister, Reka Gal, Grace Goff, Amal Gondal, Alan Luo, David Manche, Graeme Marshall, Megan Mattingly, Nasim Mohammadzadeh, Rohan Rauch, Kylie Schmidt, Syed Shah, Brian She, Jeffrey Shen, Parker Smith, Ashley Su, David Vulakh, Eddy Wan, Jason Wang, Elizabeth Weaver, Nicole Wong, Angie Xiao, Evan Yang, and Stephen Yin;    

From Lafayette: Benjamin Adair, John Harris, Anya Hartman, Isaac Martin, Caden Pearson, and Katrina Wrede. 

About 1.5 million juniors in some 21,000 high schools entered the competition by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which serves as an initial screening. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than 1 percent of seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. Typically, over 90 percent of semifinalists advance in February, and about half of those finalists ultimately receive scholarships based on their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The announcements come in four waves from April through July, including awards for corporate-sponsored scholarships, $2,500 National Merit scholarships, and college-sponsored scholarships.  

The National Merit Scholarship Corp., businesses, and higher education institutions underwrite these awards. Visit for more information.



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