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31 North Dakota students named semifinalists for National Merit Scholarship Program

The students are from Fargo, West Fargo, Hunter, Kindred, Hunter and Valley City.

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FARGO — Several North Dakota students have been named semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship Program.

More than 16,000 students across the country qualified for the chance at a share of nearly $28 million in scholarships from the program. About 95% of the field, or more than 15,000 students, will move on to the finals to compete for roughly 7,250 awards.

The list of semifinalists includes 31 students from North Dakota:

  • Jack Hilsabeck, Srinath Kandooru, Sameera Kathawala, Deepshikha Nath, Jada Peterson and Samuel Tschaekofske, Century High School, Bismarck
  • Max Beumer, Carrington High School
  • Agustin Zettel, Dickinson High School
  • Nora Daub, Dylan Pritchard and Lauren Standifer, Davies High School, Fargo
  • Samuel Fetner, Shanley High School, Fargo
  • Jagger Wraalstad, South High School, Fargo
  • Isaiah Fisher, homeschool, Fargo
  • Clara Green, Quinn Roehl and Megan Schill, Grand Forks Central High School
  • Noura Elhamadany, Nauman Farid, Brett Feller, Alishba Khan, Emily Nelson and Sudiksha Singhal, Red River High School
  • Nolan Severance, Northern Cass High School, Hunter
  • Jack Stoppleworth, Kindred High School
  • Kresten Drevecky, Hayden Fredrickson and Joshua Hegstad, Minot High School
  • Benjamin Kruta, Valley City High School
  • Rachel Knudson, West Fargo High School
  • Chloe Dondlinger, homeschool, West Fargo

Roughly 300 students from Minnesota also made the semifinals. None were from The Forum's coverage area.

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