Longview High School seniors earn National Merit Program honors

2024 Longview High School National Merit Program honors GROUP GRID

Pistone, Saridena among Top 1% students in nation

In an exceptional academic achievement, Longview High School seniors Dominic Pistone and Aman Saridena have been named National Merit Finalists in the 2024 competition. This prestigious honor places them among the top 1% of high school graduates nationwide.

The highly competitive National Merit Scholarship Program initially included over 1.5 million students. Only 15,000 advanced to Finalist standing after meeting strict requirements. As Finalists, Pistone and Saridena will be considered for prestigious National Merit Scholarships valued at $2,500 each. Corporate sponsors also offer additional scholarship opportunities.

Both students have secured admission to the University of Texas at Austin's honors programs - Pistone in Plan II and Canfield Business, and Saridena in the Turing Scholars Computer Science program.


Commended Students recognized for exceptional promise

Shreemayi Undavalli and Lonoehu Wacasey, also LHS seniors, have earned Commended Student recognition in the National Merit program. While not Finalists, their placement among the top 50,000 entrants highlights their exceptional academic promise.

Undavalli received acceptances or waitlists from 7 of the 10 universities she applied to, including UT Austin and Rice. She plans to study biology or neuroscience. Wacasey was offered RIT's Presidential Merit Scholarship and accelerated master's program in computer engineering. He gained admission to 6 of 9 colleges.