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National Merit Semifinalists

Twelve District 833 seniors named semifinalists in 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program
Posted on 09/11/2019
National Merit Scholar logo Twelve seniors from District 833 schools have been named semifinalists in the 65th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These students were selected based on their scores on the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. In all, 16,000 students were selected as semifinalists representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors. These students will now compete to earn one of the 7,600 National Merit Scholarships, totaling $31 million, that will be awarded next spring.

The seven National Merit Semifinalists from East Ridge High School are Stephanie Bai, William Cho, Archit Das, Marisa Duran, Kristen Hawken, Athena Roscoe and Miles Sitcawich.

The five National Merit Semifinalists from Woodbury High School are Maxwell Canestraro, Brianne Christenson, Lilian Hofelman, Rika Nakato and Sophie Wu.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. 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.

Finalists will be announced in February. National Merit Scholarship winners of 2020 will be announced beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 345,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is operated by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which is a non-profit that raises scholarship funds with the help of businesses and higher education institutions to encourage the pursuit of academic excellence. More information on the National Merit Scholarship Corporation can be found here.