Walter Panas High School's Amaavi Miriyagalla Named Semifinalist in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Competition

Congratulations to Walter Panas High School's Amaavi Miriyagalla who was named a Semifinalist in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Competition.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced its 2020 semifinalists Tuesday (Sept. 10), who will compete for a share of 7,600 scholarships worth more than $31 million. Winners will be announced nationally between April and July next year.

High school juniors, 11th graders, in about 21,000 high schools in the United States entered the academic competition by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test last October.

The highest-scoring students in each state represent the pool of semifinalists who, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, represent less than 1% of United States high school seniors.

The next step for a semifinalist to become a finalist is to complete the required application that includes their SAT or ACT scores, an essay and a letter of recommendation by a high school official.