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Congratulations to the (14) National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists from the MLWGS Class of 2023

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National Merit Scholarship

On September 14th, officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 68th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.  These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,250 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $28 million that will be offered next spring.  

The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit® Scholarship Program by taking preliminary SAT /National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Tests (PSAT/NMSQT®) – a test that serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year – and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.


In February, semifinalists will be notified by mail if they have advanced to Finalist standing. 

Winner Selection

All winners of Merit Scholarship® awards (Merit Scholar® designees) are chosen from the Finalist group based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments—without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference. A variety of information is available for NMSC selectors to evaluate: the Finalist’s academic record, information about the school’s curricula and grading system, two sets of test scores, the high school official’s written recommendation, information about the student’s activities and leadership, and the Finalist’s own essay.

This year MLWGS has fourteen National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists from the Class of 2023, nine from Henrico, three from Chesterfield, and two from Hanover.

Chen, Jennifer Henrico NMSC Semifinalist
Eisenhauer, Will Henrico NMSC Semifinalist
Fang, Sean Chesterfield NMSC Semifinalist
Heckel, Carleigh Hanover NMSC Semifinalist
Johnson, Amelia Henrico NMSC Semifinalist
Marks, Walter Sutton Hanover NMSC Semifinalist
Mital, Anmol Henrico NMSC Semifinalist
Muthusamy, Shreyas Henrico NMSC Semifinalist
Nguyen, Vien Henrico NMSC Semifinalist
Patel, Heer Henrico NMSC Semifinalist
Pitchford, Hudson Chesterfield NMSC Semifinalist
Sanjay, Nived Chesterfield NMSC Semifinalist
Shah, Moksh Henrico NMSC Semifinalist
Wang, Carson Henrico NMSC Semifinalist

Appreciation and thanks go out to MLWGS Senior Counselors Dr. Rachel Loving and Ms. Kimberly Forquer for your steady guidance of our students through this program.