Ninety RRISD students named National Merit Scholar semifinalists

A record-breaking 90 Round Rock ISD students have been named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Westwood High School, with 63 semifinalists, led the District in total semifinalists.

Each year, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation selects the highest achieving students for its program. Approximately 16,000 students were selected as semifinalists among 1.5 million students nationwide who completed the Preliminary SAT and National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, according to the organization.

“Our students’ selection as National Merit Scholarship semifinalists represents their hard work and the collective support of their teachers and parents,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steve Flores said. “We are proud to celebrate their outstanding achievements and commend them for serving as prime examples of the talent and academic excellence we have in Round Rock ISD.”

Semifinalists have now advanced to apply for the finalist standing, which will be announced in February. Approximately 7,600 National Merit Scholarship award winners will be announced between March and June, according to the organization.

The following students were named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists:

Cedar Ridge High School

Jameson Kampfe

Connor Scott

McNeil High School

Jaden Fang

Bela Gadgil

Ethan Golla

Vignesh Krishnamurthy

Sarah Lee

Gilbert Lehman

Arka Majumdar

Franklin Mao

Anthony Nguyen

Anjana Ramachandra

Cameron Schnurer

Evie Shaw

Sumin Son

Emma Tkacz

Vinh Ton

Round Rock High School

Ammar M. Abed

Matthew A. Harvill

Alec N. Kennison

Emma G. Mishler

Kaylee M. Pascarella

William A. Peeples

Oren C. Shed

David Tang

Stony Point High School

Noah Coker

Johnny Nguyen

Neeti Swami

Westwood High School

Noah Adcock

Daniel Bao

Martha Beaty

Owen Benner

Sanjana Bettadpur

Charles Block

Julia Bowers

Tuo Chang

Albert Chen

Brian Chen

Apoorva Chintala

Brian Chiu

Joonhee Cho

Kavyaa Choudhary

Marshall Dean

Daniel Deng

Kush Desai

Nisha Desai

Mona Dong

Rory Gatson

Nicolas Goff

Janhavi Govande

Ritik Goyal

Lucas Gretta

Jared Henley

David Hsieh

Kevin Huang

Tanvi Ingle

Arjun Jain

Rucha Joshi

Iris Kim

Jiwon Kim

Junwoo Kim

Niam Kuttanna

Junu Lee

Jae Hyup Lee

Catherine Li

Kevin Li

Andrew Lu

Audrey Lu

Niti Malwade

Rohith Mandavilli

Anuj Maniyar

Osric Nagle

Sanika Nayak

Jessie Park

Aditya Parulekar

Devika Patel

Yas Purohit

Naveen Rajan

Jack Shen

Akash Singh

Varshinee Sreekanth

Ryan Sze

Aneesh Thallapreddy

Shreya Thiagarajan

Persephone Tian

James Wang

Phoenix Wang

Sreya Yalamanchili

James Yan

Kathleen Zhang