Local Students gets National Merit Scholarship semifinalists

Several local students were among those who are among the approximately 16,000 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists in the 65th annual program.

The following students are semifinalists:

Apple Valley High School – Christina R. Monsen.


Burnsville High School – Samuel G. Stanek.

Eagan High School – Luke G. Anderson, Jacob L. Berran, Joseph A. Rollie.

Eastview High School – Sanat S. Iyer, Ian P. Kenney, Benjamin K. Kupinski, Jiayang Tang, Rohan Vij and Margaret L. Wang.

Lakeville North High School – Benjamin O. Earles and Annika K. Hurd.

Lakeville South High School – Devin M. Prow.

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Rosemount High School – Cecilia G. Ellis, Regan B. Hansen, Charles J. Huang, Tanner Morrison, Ryan W. Niedenthal and Akash E. Shiri.

Trinity School at River Ridge – Luke A. Bormann and Kathleen P. Mealey.

These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring.

More than 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

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To become a finalist, the semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn.


SAT or ACT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.

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Over 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and about half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

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