On Wednesday, September 14, 2022, officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the Semifinalists in the 68th annual National Merit Scholarship Program – including 31 BASIS Independent Silicon Valley students. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,250 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $28 million that will be offered next spring.


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High school juniors entered the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.

"Though the recognition of these students doesn't surprise me, it is a reminder of how hard-working and dedicated our Bobcats are. This award is another external validation of our curriculum, our Subject Expert Teachers, and our student body as a whole. Congratulations Bobcats - you deserve it!" said Sara Kolb, Head of School at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley. 

The honored students at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley are:

Aayushi Ahlawath

Alex Chen

Ary Cheng

Annie Chi

Meha Gaba

Dhanvi G. Ganti

Sayuri Gautam

Alyson Jiang

Daniel S. Kaganovich

Anaya Vivek Khanzode

Derrick Z. Liu

Felix S. Liu

Joshua J. Lu

Indeever C. Madireddy

Sarina N. Mayya

Garv A. Mehdiratta

Neha J. Naveen

Dhruva Paul

Geoffrey T. Qian

Trisha N. Reddy

Meha Selvarajan

Manxi Shi

Vishak Srikanth

Sidharth Surapaneni

Sean Tang

Amith Vasantha

Rohit Vasantha

Amber Wu

Claire Wu

Serena Yeh

Jiarong Zhang 

From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, more than 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. The scholarship winners of 2023 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 368,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

On behalf of all BASIS Independent Schools, we are so proud of you - and of all of our students -for your continual academic achievements both big and small. Please join us in congratulating our incredible Bobcats!