Valley 19 students named national merit finalists

Record-Setting 19 Valley High School Students Named National Merit Finalists

West Des Moines Community Schools is proud to announce that 19 Valley High School students have been named 2021 National Merit Scholarship finalists. Congratulations to seniors Veda Amalkar, Alexander Chambers, Quinn Clair, Isabella Dobrinov, Cael 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. 

Nineteen finalists for this competition is the most  Valley has had in school history.

These students, all of whom were semifinalists, are now among roughly 15,000 finalists of the 66th annual scholarship program who met all requirements to advance to finalist standing. They will be considered for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million offered this spring. Academic records, school curriculum, test scores, an administrative recommendation, and information about activities and leadership, as well as an essay, are used in the judging process. 

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2021 will be announced beginning in April and concluding in July.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an annual academic competition for recognition and college undergraduate scholarships, based on high school students’ Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) scores. Since its founding in 1955, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NSMC) has recognized more than 3.3 million students and provided more than $1.7 billion in scholarships.

Photos: Valley High School’s 2021 National Merit Scholarship Finalists