Ghonasgi & Williams are National Merit Finalists

posted Feb 26, 2019, 7:11 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Feb 26, 2019, 7:13 AM ]
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has announced that two Bartlesville High School seniors who were named as Semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program have advanced to Finalist status. Aarya Ghonasgi and Liza Williams are now in competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships that will be offered this spring. About half of the Finalists nationwide will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title. In March, the corporation will begin mailing scholarship offers to winners at their home addresses. 

Aarya Ghonasgi is the daughter of Archana Sapre and Dhananjay Ghonasgi. She is the student body president for Student Council, the correspondence secretary for the National Honor Society, the historian for Interact Club, a member of Environmental Club, a member of philosophy club, and a cross-country runner. She is also part of the new BHS internships program, doing a senior year internship at ConocoPhillips. In her spare time, she works at First Presbyterian Church. She intends to major in biology and pursue a pre-medicine course of study. 

Liza Williams is the daughter of Stevie and John Williams. She was the 2018 Team Captain in Varsity Girls Cross Country and is the President of the Spanish Club, Founder and President of the Environmental Club, and involved in Varsity Track, the National Honor Society, and the Chemistry Olympiad.  She represented Oklahoma in the 2017 National Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition. Like Aarya, Liza is a part of the new BHS internships program and also doing a senior year internship at ConocoPhillips. In her spare time, she is a waitress at Bartlesville’s Szechuan Chinese Restaurant and a lector at St. James Church. Liza is an Oklahoma Academic All-Stater, National Merit Finalist, AP Scholar with Distinction, and was a Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise/Patriot Student of the Month and E-E Athlete of the Week. Liza intends to major in Chemical Engineering with an environmental concentration and might double-major or pursue a minor in Spanish.

Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2019. Every Finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit® $2500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state-representational basis. About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 230 corporations and business organizations for Finalists who meet their specified criteria, such as children of the grantor’s employees or residents of communities where sponsor plants or offices are located. In addition, about 190 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4,000 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2019 will be announced in four nationwide news releases. Corporate-sponsored winners will be announced April 17, National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners will be announced on May 8, and college-sponsored winners will be announced on June 5 and July 15.

The corporation, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 410 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.
2019 National Merit Finalists
Bartlesville High School seniors Aarya Ghonasgi and Liza Williams have been named National Merit Finalists