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16 EHS students named National Merit Semifinalists

Sept. 13, 2017 – The National Merit Scholarship Program has announced that 16 Edina High School (EHS) seniors have been named 2018 semifinalists. The EHS students are among 300 semifinalists from Minnesota and about 16,000 in the nation, which represents less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors. They will compete for scholarships worth more than $32 million.

The following students have been named National Merit Semifinalists:

Walt Boettge
Karin de Verdier
Davis Everson-Rose
Emily Fan
Antonio Flores
Harrison Grzybowski
David Ha
Michael Lin
David Ma
Gauri Madhok
Abigail Mans
Christopher Minge
Anand Mittal
Gabrielle Soukup
Laura Williams
Richard Zhu

“This is a group of amazing students,” said EHS Principal Andy Beaton. “This accomplishment is a direct reflection of their hard work and commitment to academic success. We are so proud of each one.”

Students qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT). In addition to the National Merit Scholarships, semifinalists are also eligible for corporate-sponsored and college-sponsored awards.

Most semifinalists are expected to advance to the finalist level. To become a finalist, students must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay and earn SAT scores that confirm the earlier performance on the qualifying test.

The list of finalists will be announced in February. The list of scholarship winners, which are selected from the group of finalists, will be announced in the spring.