23 Solon High School Seniors Named 2023 National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalists
Solon High School is applauding the achievement of 23 members of the class of 2023 who have been named as semi-finalists in this year’s National Merit Scholarship Competition.
The 23 Solon seniors named as National Merit Scholar semi-finalists for 2023 are: Dev Ahuja, Morgan Blackford, Matthew Charney, Wonwoo Choi, Harry Deng, Amy Duan, Aakarsh Garg, Angelene Getz, Eshan Haq, Brian Hong, Erik Li, Zimiao Meng, Alexander Mester, Viresh Mittal, Laura Mo, Hannah Olszweski, Helen Otterman, Vanessa Polster, Manikantha Puram, Prahalad Rao, Vikram Sundaram, Yiqing Tang and Aria Wei.
These students earned scores on the PSAT taken in their junior year that were among the highest in the state and qualified them as National Merit Scholar semi-finalists. The number of semi-finalists represents less than 1 percent of all high school seniors in the U.S. and varies from state to state, as the number selected is proportional to the percentage of the total number of graduating seniors in each state.
The 23 semi-finalists will continue in the competition to become National Merit Scholar finalists by fulfilling several additional requirements in the coming months. First, they must attain an SAT score that confirms their achievement on the PSAT qualifying test. They must also demonstrate a record of outstanding academic performance throughout high school and be endorsed and recommended by their high school principal. In addition, the students and school officials must complete a detailed scholarship application that includes a student essay and information about their participation and leadership in school and community-based activities.
In the next few weeks, Solon High School will be able to announce the names of additional seniors who earned commended status in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship program.