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National Merit students recognized in virtual reception

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Edina Public Schools is recognizing 25 students selected as National Merit Semifinalists and 22 students selected as Commended Students. These Edina High School scholars are among more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

In light of restrictions due to COVID-19, the Edina School Board-sponsored National Merit Reception has been modified to a virtual recognition. In his video remarks, EHS Principal Andy Beaton, encouraged students and praised their academic accomplishments. In addition to Beaton’s remarks, each National Merit student submitted a video honoring a K-12 educator who has been influential in his or her academic career.

Approximately 16,000 students nationally were selected as Semifinalists and Commended Students are among the top 50,000 scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT. The National Merit Scholarship Program honors students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

View a Flipgrid video presentation by students, talking about an honored educator and their influence on the journey to becoming a National Merit student.