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Nineteen Valley Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

Update from Oct. 30: An additional Valley High School student has been named a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist. Congratulations to Alexander Chambers!

This brings Valley’s total number of 2021 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists to 19, the most semifinalists the school has had in 16 years.

From Sept. 10: West Des Moines Community Schools is proud to announce that 18 Valley High School students have been named 2021 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. Congratulations to seniors Veda Amalkar, Quinn Clair, Isabella Dobrinov, Cale Elmore, Elaine Greer, Vidya Iyer, Levi Janssen, Parker Johnson, Dorothy Junginger, Noah Mack, Clara Mintzer, Sarah Norwood, Risha Shetye, Jim Su, Devin Thomas, Justin Toth, Lucy Weis, and Jalyn Wu. The students will now be considered for National Merit Scholarship finalist standing.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 66th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program on Sept. 9. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. Over 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and about half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title. National Merit Scholarship winners of 2021 will be announced beginning in April and concluding in July.

These scholarship recipients may join the more than 90 National Merit Scholarship finalists who have attended Valley High School in the past 10 years.