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MHS Celebrates 26 National Merit Semifinalists
MHS Celebrates 26 National Merit Semifinalists

A record-breaking 26 Minnetonka High School seniors have been named 2019 National Merit Semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These students scored among the nation's best on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) taken during their junior year. This is the largest group of National Merit Semifinalists in Minnetonka school history, beating 2009's record of 18 Semifinalists. Minnetonka High School also has the largest number of National Merit Semifinalists in the state of Minnesota this year.

Superintendent Dr. Dennis Peterson said, "I am very proud of the 26 students who have achieved the significant honor of being National Merit Semifinalists. When I came to the District in 2001, we had just two that year. I set out to get the factors in place to allow more Minnetonka students to achieve that honor, and we have reached a new high for Minnetonka."

"I am proud of these students for continually pushing and challenging themselves," said Minnetonka High School Principal Jeff Erickson. "This recognition is the result of students' hard work over their entire school career and their focus on excelling in academics."

Congratulations to:

  • Alexi Alfieri
  • Cameron Anundson
  • Connor Brandt
  • Christine Cannon
  • Alistair Crabb
  • Hannah Ditto
  • Curt Ell-Egermeier
  • Annika Hendrickson
  • Blake Heyman
  • Christian Hilgemann
  • Nicholas Kachkovsky
  • Matthew Kasprick
  • Parthiv Krishna
  • Joshua Levy
  • Frank Lu
  • Dean Matteson
  • Ethan Mirman
  • Alexander Morgan
  • Jacob Ode
  • Jacob Otolski
  • Rachel Park
  • Maxwell Rader
  • William Rehm
  • Emme Simning
  • Gabrielle Smith
  • Alison Sundem

These seniors will be recognized by the Minnetonka School Board at the Thursday, October 4 meeting at the Minnetonka Schools District Service Center. At that time, each student will recognize two teachers who have made a significant impact on their education.

National Merit Semifinalists

Front row (l-r): Alexi Alfieri, Dean Matteson, Alison Sundem, Gabrielle Smith, Jacob Otolski, Rachel Park, William Rehm, Annika Hendrickson, Parthiv Krishna

Second row (l-r): Principal Jeff Erickson, Joshua Levy, Christine Cannon, Blake Heyman, Hannah Ditto, Cameron Anundson, Emme Simning, Nicholas Kachkovsky, Alexander Morgan, Frank Lu

Third row (l-r): Ethan Mirman, Matthew Kasprick, Alistair Crabb, Connor Brandt, Christian Hilgemann, Curt Ell-Egermeier, Jacob Ode, Maxwell Rader

All Semifinalists will have an opportunity to continue the competition for approximately 7,500 National Merit Scholarships to be offered next spring. To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.

For Current Juniors
The official PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test for the Class of 2020 competition will be administered on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at Minnetonka High School. All Minnetonka juniors are encouraged to register and take the exam at no charge. On the same date, sophomores are welcome to take the PSAT practice test at no charge. This is a great opportunity for sophomores to practice and then prepare for the qualifying test junior year.

About the National Merit Scholarship Program
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)—which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.

National Merit Scholarships
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 180 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 beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join some 338,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

To learn more, visit nationalmerit.org

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