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Eight High School Students Recognized by National Merit Scholarship Program

Eight St. Louis Park High School seniors have recently been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program as either a semifinalist or a commended scholar for 2019.

Four seniors, including Yonit Krebs, Alexis Lee, Jack Ostrovsky, and Beck Rusley have all been named National Merit Semifinalists. They are among 283 students from Minnesota and approximately 16,000 students from across the country to be named semifinalists this year.

National Merit Semifinalists are selected based on scores from the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) and are now eligible to compete for scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be awarded in the spring of 2019.

Semifinalists will be notified in February if they have advanced to Finalist standing. Then, beginning in March and continuing to mid-June, around 7,500 students will be notified they have been selected to receive a National Merit Scholarship award.

Four other St. Louis Park seniors – Cyrus Abrahamson, Maggie Christiansen, Cecelia Schmelzle, and William Staib – have all been named National Merit Commended Scholars for 2019. Commended Scholars typically score in the top 3% of the approximately 1.5 million high school students who take the PSAT each year.