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CCISD Announces 2019 National Merit Semifinalists
Press Release
Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) recently announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, including 34 students who attend high school in the Clear Creek Independent School District. They attend Clear Brook High School, Clear Creek High School, Clear Falls High School Clear Lake High School and Clear Springs High School. 

These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state from their PSAT scores.  

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. The semifinalist and his or her high school must submit a detailed scholarship application listing their academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. 

From the approximately 16,000 semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation. 

CCISD is proud to announce the following students as National Merit Semifinalists: 

Clear Brook High School

Rishika Chidananda

Amanda Pastrano

Clear Creek High School

Chandini Muthukumar

Cameron Noorbakhsh


Clear Falls High School

Samantha Hallam

Hannah Neighbors

Brayden Vargas-Calderon

Clear Lake High School

Clare Bernay

Alina Dong

Shriya Fruitwala

Edward Li

Alex Liang

Evan Lu

Vaidya Parthasarathy

Jason Pauly

Julie Sang

Adam Schoenberg

Grace Song

Arunan Thiviyanathan

Krisha Tripathy

Camille Villar

Steven Wu

Teresa Xing

Anqi Yang

Esther Yoon

Richard Zhang

William Zhang

Dean Zhou


Clear Springs High School

Amr Ahmed

Eshal Ali

Anthony Barcio

Nadia Crawford

Emily Nguyen

Faith Nguyen


For more information about the Nation Merit Scholarship Program go to

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