Seniors Named National Merit® Semifinalists

Congratulations to Rishu Nevatia ’23 and Braden Kennedy ’23 on being named National Merit® Scholarship Program Semifinalists.

Congratulations to Xaverian Brothers High School seniors Rishu Nevatia ’23 and Braden Kennedy ’23 who were recently named Semifinalists in the 68th annual National Merit® Scholarship Program. 

Rishu and Braden are two of the 16,000 high school students who were notified that they had advanced to the “Semifinalists” standing. They will continue the competition for a chance to become one of the 15,000 students to advance to the “Finalist” level. According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation website, about 95% of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and approximately half of the Finalists will win a National Merit® Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title. 

High school students entered the 2023 National Merit® Scholarship Program by taking the 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit® Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of roughly 16,000 Semifinalists, representing less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. National Merit® Scholarship designees will be announced later in the spring. 
Xaverian is a Catholic, college-preparatory school for boys in grades 7-12. As an inclusive community, we embrace diverse experiences and perspectives, welcoming students and families from all faiths and backgrounds. Through exceptional academics, athletics, the arts, faith formation, and service opportunities, we help young men discover their unique gifts and talents so they can share them with a world in need.