Eight area high school students named semifinalists for National Merit Scholarships, including six from ISD 728 and two from Spectrum

Today officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Students from each of the four area high schools had students on the list.

Joshua Bauer and Meghan Bentz from Elk River High School in the Elk River Area School District were named.

Isabella Dorval and Katherine Lemcke from Spectrum High School, a charter school in Elk River, were named.

Benjamin Fisher, Gretta Jensen and Ethan Loukusa of Rogers High School  in the Elk River Area School District were named.

Jamison Ward from Zimmerman High School in the Elk River Area School District was also named.

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

More than 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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