Alvin ISD Announces National Merit Semifinalists and Commended Students



One member of the Alvin ISD Class of 2020 was named a semifinalist in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Rowan Ostrowicki, a Shadow Creek High School senior, has the opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring.


The nationwide pool of 16,000 semifinalists represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state on the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). More than 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to achieve finalist standing, and about half of finalists will win National Merit Scholarships.


To become a finalist, the semifinalist must submit a detailed scholarship application, have an outstanding academic record, be recommended by a school official, write an essay and earn SAT or ACT scores that confirm the qualifying test performance. Finalists will be announced in February 2020, and National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced from April through July 2020.


In addition, 13 Alvin ISD seniors were named Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship program in recognition of their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students represent the remaining 34,000 of the 50,000 highest scorers on the 2018 PSAT/NMSQT, after the semifinalists. Although Commended Students do not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships, some become candidates for special scholarships sponsored by corporations. Alvin ISD’s Commended Students are:


Khari-Alexis Bing - Manvel High School

Alexander Cessna – Shadow Creek HS

Divyaa Cherian – Shadow Creek HS

Sajan Dayal – Shadow Creek HS

Ami Dongchau – Shadow Creek HS

Terreance Ellis – Shadow Creek HS

Melinda He – Shadow Creek HS

Jenn Landicho – Shadow Creek HS

Carson Parker – Shadow Creek HS

Christopher Pham – Shadow Creek HS

Elizabeth Ren – Shadow Creek HS

Nikita Singh – Shadow Creek HS

Preksha Vaghela – Shadow Creek HS