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National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists Announced

STEM Academy National Merit Semi-Finalists 2023-2024
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The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced 23 Downingtown Area School District (DASD) students as semifinalists in the 69th annual National Merit Scholarship Program on September 13. The program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

Congratulations to the following DASD students for earning achievement as National Merit Scholarship semifinalists:


  • Abhinav E. Chavali
  • Venkat Devabhakthuni
  • Darsh H. Savalia
  • Leo Wu
  • Lilian Zeng


  • Damian B. Ivanov
  • Rishi Kumar
  • Kavya Rajesh


  • Rishon Baiju
  • Dishan Bhattacharya
  • Nivriti Chaudhuri
  • Saanvi Chigurupati
  • Domenick B. Colandene
  • Soham A. Katdare
  • Grace K. McNamara
  • Jasmine C. Michel
  • Vamsi K. Nandamuri
  • Maryann Nazareth
  • Kaavya Paladugu
  • Sri Ananya Paladugu
  • Suraj Prem Chandran
  • Simran Sahoo
  • Rajanaishadha Vytla

Students entered the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2022 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) during their junior year, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. 

Semifinalists must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT® or ACT® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. From over 16,000 semifinalists, more than 15,000 are expected to advance to the finalist level. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from that group.

To learn more about the National Merit Scholarship Program, visit the National Merit Scholarship Corporation website.

Pictured: 2024 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists from Downingtown STEM Academy