National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
Moon Area High School seniors Kaveri Guduru and William Marasco are semifinalists in the 68th annual National Merit Scholarship Program! Kaveri and William will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,250 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $28 million that will be offered in the spring of 2023.
The purpose of the National Merit Scholarship Program is to honor the nation’s scholastic champions and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence.
To qualify as semifinalists, students earned top scores on the 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Several million students across the country take the exam each year. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.
To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. About 95 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing. Approximately half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship and earn the Merit Scholar title.
Kaveri is the Vice President of the National Honor Society and the treasurer of Future Medical Professionals Club. In addition, she is on the Speech and Debate team and a part of the HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) Club.
Kaveri is also on the girls' tennis team and a member of the honors orchestra.
After graduation, Kaveri plans to attend a four year college where she hopes to study biochemistry or computational biology on a pre-med track. Her goal is to become a physician in the future.
Will is the class president and involved in many clubs and activities, including Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) (co-president) and mock crash participant), Peer to Peer, MAHS Academic League Team (featured on KDKA's Hometown High Q), and MAHS Youth For Christ. He is a certified intake specialist with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program through the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish.
In addition, Will is a member of the National Honor Society and a scholar athlete. He was recently named an AP Scholar with Distinction and represented Moon Area High School at the WPIAL Sportsmanship Summit. He has lettered as a member of the Varsity Baseball and Cross Country teams.
After graduation, Will plans to attend a four-year university and major in pre-med.
Kaveri and Will would like to thank all for their teachers and staff at McCormick Elementary, Moon Area Middle and High Schools for their support and guidance throughout their time at Moon.
Congratulations and good luck to Kaveri and Will!