The West Bloomfield School District is proud to announce that four West Bloomfield High School students have been named semifinalists in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program. The district’s 2022 semifinalists are Aaryan Chandna, Anika Ghosh, Maxwell Joyce, and Kareem Kersha.
Aaryan Chandna is the son of Ruchika and Gulshan Chandna. He is interested in studying either computer science/AI or aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan after high school. During his time at West Bloomfield High School, he has been a member of DECA, Data Science Club, National Honor Society, and the tennis team.
Anika Ghosh is the daughter of Ila and Sudipta Ghosh. She is interested in pursuing a career in healthcare after school and hopes to attend the University of Michigan or Case Western Reserve University. Anika is senior class president, captain of the varsity pom team, National Honor Society vice president, and a member of the Student Leadership executive board.
Maxwell Joyce is the son of Nancy and John Joyce. He is interested in studying either aerospace or mechanical engineering after high school and hopes to attend the University of Michigan, Purdue University, or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after high school. Maxwell is treasurer of the National Honor Society, co-captain of programming for the robotics team, and a member of the coding club. He also competes as a member of the track and tennis teams at West Bloomfield High School.
Kareem Kersha is the son of Howaida Megahed and Fawzy Kersha. He is interested in studying medicine at the University of Michigan after high school. Kareem is vice president of the Muslim Student Association (MSA), treasurer of HOSA (Future Health Professionals) and a member of the National Honor Society.
The district is also proud to recognize the three WBHS students who were announced as Commended Students in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program. Those students are Jumana Abdullah, Aryan Aggarwal, Andrew Horvath, Khadijah Hussain, Anjali Natarajan, Aaron Paul, and Sydney Stapf.
The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT)–a test which serves as an initial screen of more than 1.5 million entrants each year–and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements.