4 northeast Johnson County students make National Merit Semifinalist list

Bishop Miege administrator Randy Salisbury, president Dr. Joe Passantino, and guidance counselor Elaine Schmidtberger delivered the news to Nolan Gray that he was a National Merit Semifinalist. Photo via Bishop Miege Facebook.
Bishop Miege administrator Randy Salisbury, president Dr. Joe Passantino, and guidance counselor Elaine Schmidtberger delivered the news to Nolan Gray that he was a National Merit Semifinalist. Photo via Bishop Miege Facebook.

Three SM East students and one Bishop Miege student have made been named to one of the nation’s most prestigious academic groups.

SM East seniors Bhavish Dinakar, Juliana Gogol and Natalie Kaufmann and Miege senior Nolan Gray are among the approximately 16,000 students to make this year’s National Merit Semifinalist list. The group, which represents less than 1 percent of high school seniors, is selected from those scoring highest in each state on the PSAT.

This year, SM Northwest led Shawnee Mission high schools with seven semifinalists. Last year, SM East had seven semifinalists and SM North had two.

The semifinalists will be considered for the more than $32 million in scholarships the National Merit Program will award this spring.