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October 1, 2021
National Merit Scholarship Program Honors 35 Students from District 207

Six Maine Township High School District 207 seniors have earned the status of National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist and an additional 29 students have earned the status of Commended Students in the 2022 scholarship program. The semifinalists and commended students are determined by performance on the PSAT taken by students in their junior year of high school.

The six semifinalists include: Viraj Bodiwala (Maine East), Darin Cheng (Maine South), Ryne Downing (Maine South), Emily Hader (Maine South), Rebecca Hurwitz (Maine East)and Stella Tsogtjargal (Maine East).

The 29 commended students represent Maine East, Maine South and Maine West.

Maine East: Christopher Alkas, Daniel Cho, Katherine Gruss, Sasha Jackson, Mansi Kadiwala and Sophia Timotijevic.

Maine South: Grace Beckman, Joshua Brown, Nathan Brozell, Athena Demeros, Will Heneghan, Colleen Jawgiel, Jillian Koepke, Mia Kwiatkoski, Veronica Lasak, Clark Lay, Jason Lee, Aiden Lefler, Christopher Lynn, Alexander McNeilly, Allyson Nelles, Emily Sudmalis, Lucia Urbain and Caitlin Wallace.

Maine West: Pratiksha Bhattacharyya, Marc Rizkalla, Aleksandra Siuchta, Samantha Sukosol and Joseph Thalackan.

Each year more than 1.5 million juniors in approximately 22,000 U.S. high schools enter the Merit Program. Semifinalists have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,300 Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be awarded next spring to Finalists. That process includes a detailed application process for the students. Three types of Merit Scholarships will be offered:

  • 2,500 one-time National Merit $2,500 Scholarships for which all finalists will be considered, and that are supported by business organizations and NMSC’s own funds
  • approximately 1,000 corporate sponsored Merit Scholarships that are specified for finalists who meet a company or business grantor’s preferential criteria
  • approximately 4,800 college sponsored Merit Scholarships that are available only for finalists who will attend their respective sponsor institution.

All Merit Scholar designees are chosen on the basis of their abilities, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin or religious preference.