The Hockaday School proudly recognizes thirteen students who will advance as semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, a national academic competition for recognition and scholarship that began in 1955.
Semifinalists from Hockaday in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program include Juhi Agrawal, Margaret Crow, Varsha Danda, Eliana Goodman, Sarah Beth Kelton, Arushi Mukherjee, Meghan Shimer, Anoushka Singhania, Angela Walsh, Sidney Wang, Kate Woodhouse, Lucy Young, Yijing (Lily) Zhou.
These girls were chosen from approximately 1.5 million juniors in more than 21,000 high schools by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. This year, more than 16,000 semifinalists have been named in the United States, and these individuals now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarship awards, worth approximately $31 million.
To be considered for the finalist designation, students must have an outstanding academic record throughout upper school, be endorsed and recommended by an upper school official, write an essay, and earn SAT® scores that confirm their prior performance on the qualifying test. The National Merit Scholarship recipients will be announced in Spring 2020, and these scholarship recipients will join more than 345,000 other distinguished individuals who have earned the Merit Scholar title.