15 Minnetonka High School seniors have been named 2021 National Merit Semifinalists in the 66th 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.
Superintendent Dr. Dennis Peterson said, "To have so many students achieve the significant honor of being National Merit Semifinalists this year is just outstanding. I am so proud of each and every one of them."
"This honor recognizes the incredibly hard work students have exerted throughout their school career, as well as their focus on excelling in academics," said Minnetonka High School Principal Jeff Erickson.
Congratulations to the following students in the Class of 2021: Aidan Barker, Julian Byrne, Lucca Carlson, Austin Hunter, Alex Iliarski, Crystal Lin, Winston Lu, Kelsey Lunzer, Maya Moy, Dylan Olson, Grace Roemig, Grant Thomas, Rebekah Thomasson, Nathan Turcotte and Ming Ying Yeoh.
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.
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.