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Shawnee Mission and USD 232 students among local National Merit semifinalists

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Dozens of high school students across Johnson County have already begun the school year by earning accolades.

This week, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced which students from school districts across Johnson County could go on to earn prestigious National Merit scholarships for 2024 with its list of semifinalists.

Finalists will be announced in the spring

  • Each student earned a semifinalist spot based on their performance on the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) test.
  • Roughly 7,140 scholarships will be offered to this spring’s finalists, amounting to roughly $28 million.
  • Finalists will be chosen based on a number of academic metrics, such as test scores, academic records and level of difficulty of subjects studied.
  • The number of scholarship winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors.

Blue Valley had the most semifinalists in the state

  • A total of 56 high school seniors from Blue Valley made the semifinalists list. That’s a higher percentage than any other Kansas school district, according to district officials.
  • The Shawnee Mission School District and USD 232 in De Soto had 10 and three semifinalists this year, respectively.
  • The Olathe School District had 21 semifinalists, all seniors as well.
  • Roughly 16,000 students across the country were named semifinalists, and 15,000 will make it to the finalist level, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

The semifinalists from each local school district in Johnson County are as follows:

Shawnee Mission School District

Shawnee Mission South

  • Emma Krueger
  • Mariana Mullarney
  • Luke Pickert

Shawnee Mission East

  • Aanya Bansal
  • Mitchell Blair
  • Kael Mercer
  • Katherine Murphy
  • Nina Yun

Shawnee Mission Northwest

  • Theodore Ohly
  • Samuel Wilson

USD 232 in De Soto

Mill Valley High

  • Olivia Peters
  • Benjamin Hansen

De Soto High

  • Carson Miller

Blue Valley School District

Blue Valley North

  • Haya Boda
  • Suditi Challa
  • Louis Cierpiot
  • Benjamin Ding
  • Aiden Juhl
  • Miles Kim
  • Elizabeth Lim
  • Edward Mu
  • Alexa Newsom
  • Anna Pearson
  • Charles Peck
  • Rhea Sadagopan
  • Quinten Schafer
  • Joseph Steven
  • Noah Tarjan
  • Lukas Wiggins

Blue Valley Northwest

  • Benjamin Deardorff
  • Shreyas Krishnan
  • Shivam Kumar
  • Kevin Li
  • Samuel Waller
  • Megan Wang

Blue Valley Southwest

  • Reese Burgener
  • Connor Gembala
  • Kamron Jafari
  • Adam Orme

Blue Valley West

  • Sadiya Abid
  • Alexander Calvez
  • Mallikarjuna Chalasani
  • Arya Ganne
  • Alina House
  • Leena Iyengar
  • Layhan Mishra
  • Dhiren Narne
  • Pranith Ravella
  • Eric Seo
  • Soumya Takalkar
  • Avery Vogel
  • Cheryl Wang
  • Rebecca Xue

Blue Valley High

  • Lindsay Cho
  • David Edwards
  • Kayvon Fardipour
  • Joshua Gordon
  • Carter Hagena
  • Noor Haideri
  • David Jercha
  • Edward Jiang
  • Georgia Loveland
  • John Perkins
  • Arden Peterson
  • Suryabalan Rangaraj
  • Nickan Safi
  • Liam Stewart
  • Jaysen VonSeldeneck
  • Broderick Wingrove

Olathe School District

Olathe East High

  • Ruoping Li

Olathe North High

  • Sahitha Chunduru
  • Andrew Dai
  • Edward Eastland
  • Soren Flannery
  • Anjali Hocker Singh
  • Luke Hui
  • David Lye
  • Anna Mayfield
  • Luke Montemayor
  • Landon Pribyl
  • Eva Smith

Olathe Northwest High

  • Andrea Diehl
  • Ian Edwards
  • Ella Novion

Olathe South High

  • Logan Carr
  • Jakob Kuehnen
  • Garrett Ledford
  • John McCarthy

Olathe West High

  • Caleb Chacon
  • Connor Lyons

About the author

Lucie Krisman
Lucie Krisman

Hi! I’m Lucie Krisman, and I cover local business for the Johnson County Post.

I’m a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, but have been living in Kansas since I moved here to attend KU, where I earned my degree in journalism. Prior to joining the Post, I did work for The Pitch, the Eudora Times, the North Dakota Newspaper Association and KTUL in Tulsa.

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