Parents and students were invited to give special congratulations to seven Sammamish Montessori School alumni, now high school seniors, who have been named as semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.   These students are all former Sammamish Montessori School students. 

Alexia N. Friedman (Nikola Tesla STEM High School)

Sahas Goli (Redmond High School)

Meera M. Hoar (Redmond High School)

Shreya Kedia (Redmond High School)

Haeli N. Knox (Redmond High School)

Melissa Lin (Redmond High School)

Hamsa Shankar (Nikola Tesla STEM High School)

Janet Villella, Director of Sammamish Montessori conveyed “To all of us here it does not seem that long ago that these students were running around on our playground and engaged in work in their Montessori classrooms!  We are so proud of our alumni students and excited to see their future academic achievements and success in life.”  

Students enter the competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, a special version of the PSAT, as juniors.  Registration for the test is by the high school rather than individual student. Interested students should see their counselor at the beginning of the school year to make arrangements to take the PSAT/NMSQT at their school in the fall.

To qualify, each student must submit an application that includes academic transcripts, an essay and a letter of recommendation. Finalists for 2020 awards will be named in February 2019. Merit Scholarship awards total about $31 million.

Read the full list of National Merit Semifinalists in this Seattle Times article