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Three Anoka-Hennepin seniors named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists

(09/15/2021) Three Anoka-Hennepin seniors have been named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists, and each are now in the running to earn one of the 7,500 scholarships of up to $2,500 for college.Portraits of National Merit Scholarship semifinalists from Anoka-Hennepin

The students: Andover High School senior Conor Jolly; Blaine High School senior Carter Anderson; Champlin Park High School senior Claire Koch.

The three Anoka-Hennepin students join approximately 16,000 semifinalists nationally who have the opportunity to become National Merit Scholars.

To become a semifinalist, high school juniors entered the National Merit Scholarship program by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

Next, the three semifinalists will submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about their academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, honors and awards received, among other requirements.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2022 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. Every finalist will compete for one 2,500 National Merit Scholarship and about 1,000 corporate-sponsored scholarships will be provided in addition to some 4000 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards who attend a sponsor institution.