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Altamont Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists
Sean Flynt

Altamont School seniors Sid Doppalapudi, Pranav Goli, Lila Mitchell and Wesley Sudarshan have been named semifinalists in the prestigious National Merit Scholarship Program. The students will continue in national competition for approximately 7,250 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $28 million.

The students entered the competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test. The national pool of semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

To become finalists, the students must now submit detailed scholarship applications that detail their academic records, school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, honors and awards. They also must be endorsed by school officials, write an essay and earn SAT or ACT scores that confirm their performance on the qualifying test. If selected as finalists in February, the students will compete for three types of scholarships next spring, including:

2,500 individual scholarships of $2,500 each

950 corporate-sponsored scholarships

160 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards

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