Congratulations to 7 SMS Alumni Honored as 2020 National Merit Scholar Semifinalists!

We wish to give special congratulations to the seven past Sammamish Montessori School students, now high school seniors, who have been named as semifinalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Satyen Subramaniam (Interlake HS)

Suriyen Subramaniam (Interlake HS)

Estella Xu (Interlake HS)

Sravya Ganti (International Community School)

Kaushik Samarjit (Nikola Tesla STEM HS)

Archit Patankar (Nikola Tesla STEM HS)

Aran Punnimoorthy (Nikola Tesla STEM HS)

Since we began tracking in 2015, we are proud to note that 24 SMS alumni have earned National Merit Scholar semifinalist status.

We are so proud of all of our alumni students and excited to see their future academic achievements, successes and happiness in life. We love to hear from past students and their families so please keep in touch!


According to the College Board, approximately 16,000 semifinalists across the nation had the highest scores on the PSAT taken by 1.8 million juniors this past year.  To qualify, each student must submit an application that includes academic transcripts, an essay, and a letter of recommendation.  Approximately 7,600 of those finalists are awarded Merit Scholarships, which, in total, are worth about $30 million.

National Merit Scholarship Program

Click here for more information about the National Merit Scholars program and all semifinalists in Washington State.


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