Saint Mary’s Hall Celebrates Five National Merit Semifinalists

A total of 40 San Antonio area students were selected

Saint Mary’s Hall is delighted to announce five National Merit Semifinalists in the 69th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Congratulations to:

  • William Carter ‘24
  • Ephraim Cho ‘24
  • Alexander Dentchev ‘24
  • Avani Gunuganti ‘24
  • Leonora Leykum ‘24

These students will have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,140 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $28 million that will be offered next spring.

Over 1.3 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2022 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of approximately 16,000 semifinalists represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, and includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.