EVANSTON, Ill. — On Sept. 14, officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship@award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar@title.
The Troy City Schools announced two finalists and one letter of commendation.
Nikita Krishnan is the daughter of Vinod and Simmi Krishnan. Niki plans to study either Engineering or Medicine at a yet to be determined university. Niki is a Honda-OSU Math Medal Award recipient, has won the Bausch + Lomb Honorary Science Award and is a Rensselaer Medal Award winner for Mathematics and Science.
Srividhya Madireddy is the daughter of Suresh and Naga Madireddy. Sri holds a black belt in karate, has participated in and studied Indian Classical Dance with Dr. Chethana Raghupathy and is active at Troy High School in several clubs and organizations. Sri plans to study Medicine at a yet to be determined university.
Caitlyn Cusick has been awarded a Letter of Commendation from NMSQT. Caitlyn is the daughter of Matt and Carrie Cusick and plans to attend college at a yet to be determined university to study Engineering.
NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 420 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.