Hall High School Announces National Merit Scholar Semifinalists

Top row, from left: Brooks McConnell, Benjamin Gardner, Samuel Frank Bottom row, from left: Amruth Niranjan, Emilio Chan. Courtesy image

Five students from West Hartford’s Hall High School Class of 2021 have been named National Merit Scholar Semifinalists, and were celebrated during a virtual meeting with Principal Dan Zittoun.

Submitted by Amy Shaffer, Career Center/Student Activities Coordinator, Hall High School

Five members of the William H. High School Class of 2021 have been named Semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

This year’s National Merit Semifinalists are: Emilio Chan, Samuel Frank, Benjamin Gardner, Brooks McConnell, and Amruth Niranjan. These students will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarship awards that will be offered next spring, and will be candidates for other scholarships, as well.

Nationwide, 16,000 National Merit Semifinalists have been designated from approximately 1.6 million program entrants in more than 22,000 high schools. Representing less than 1 percent of the country’s high school seniors, Semifinalists are in the state’s highest-scoring students on the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

These scholastically talented seniors are considered top candidates for admission to the most selective colleges.

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