Presentation Seniors are Semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship Award
SAN JOSE, Calif., October 29, 2020 - Three Pres students are semifinalists for this year’s National Merit Scholarship award, making them eligible for thousands of corporate and school-sponsored scholarships. These senior students—Nandita Jayanthi, Sheryl Mathew and Margaret Wang—were chosen for their outstanding performance on the PSAT.
Applications were sent in last fall and all students have expressed interest in technology and computer science. Margaret Wang said that she applied for the National Merit Scholarship to further her education beyond high school and into the rest of life. “In the future, I want to not only concentrate on a major in computer science or art, but to also enrich my learning experience through every avenue available to me in college, including exploring my hobbies of music and visual arts as extracurriculars,” said Wang.
Nandita Jayanthi applied because it was a great way for her to access college funding and further her education. “I am interested in coding and computers and I am hoping to study computer engineering in the future,” said Jayanthi.
Sheryl Mathew said that she is happy to be “recognized for her academic achievements and to be part of the distinguished community of NMSC scholars.” Mathew is very interested in technology, robotics and neuroscience.
In February 2021, the National Merit Scholarship Program will notify Semifinalists that will be advancing to the Finalist standing.
The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition that recognizes and awards scholarships of approximately 1.5 million to high school students each year. High school students who enter must take a preliminary SAT or National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) at a specified time. Students must also plan to accept admission to a college of their choice following the competition. 
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