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    Six Lake Washington School District students receive National Merit $2500 Scholarships


    Redmond, Wash. – The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced today that six Lake Washington School District (LWSD) students will receive National Merit $2500 Scholarships. Fifty-two students were selected statewide for these awards. 

    The students receiving National Merit $2500 Scholarships are:

    • Sathvik R. Kakanuru (Redmond), Redmond High School
    • Devesh Pankaj Sarda (Redmond), Nikola Tesla STEM High School
    • Megan B. Mattappally (Sammamish), Eastlake High School
    • Rishika S. Veeramachaneni (Sammamish), Nikola Tesla STEM High School
    • Maxwell Wang (Sammamish), Nikola Tesla STEM High School
    • Bridget Grace Wilson (Sammamish), Eastlake High School

    These students are six of the 2,500 distinguished high school seniors nationwide to win this scholarship. They were selected from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. 

    National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners are selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors. They select students based on their academic record including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the finalist and a recommendation written by a high school official. These scholars may use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university.

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    About Lake Washington: Lake Washington School District is a high-performing, fast-growing public school district serving Kirkland, Redmond, and Sammamish, Washington. It is the second largest district in the state of Washington, with over 31,000 students in 56 schools.