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SHS Senior, Snigdha Panda, Named National Merit Semifinalist

Panda SEPTEMBER 12, 2018 - We are proud to announce that Shakopee High School senior Snigdha Panda has been named a National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalist. Less than 1% of high school seniors are given this opportunity. Semifinalists are the highest scoring entrants in each state.


“I’m excited because I get to see a lot of the hard work that not only, myself, but my teachers have put into me at the high school has paid off,” said Panda. “Just knowing that this honor opens a lot of doors especially for colleges, it’s very exciting that I have something extra to help me.”


“It is a tremendous honor to have a National Merit Semifinalist in our school,” said Jeff Pawlicki, Shakopee High School Principal. “In addition to being a solid student in the classroom, she’s also a wonderful individual. She’s one of our student ambassadors for the Academies of Shakopee and really has emerged as one of our true senior leaders in the building.”


Panda will now move forward to compete for scholarships next spring and the chance to become a finalist. After graduation, she plans to pursue medicine and is currently looking into attending a 7 or 8-year med program.


“When we have a student named a National Merit Semifinalist it’s a wonderful culmination of all the years of effort that Snigdha has put into her academics, her family support and support from her teachers – elementary through high school,” said Erin Heilman, High Potential and Innovative Programs Coordinator. “We are thrilled for Snigdha.”