Oliver Dalmi, of Grand Forks Central, named National Merit Scholar

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Oliver Dalmi, a senior at Grand Forks Central High School, has been added to the list of Grand Forks public school students who have been named as semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program, according to Grand Forks Public Schools.

Dalmi is among six Grand Forks public school students to be named as semifinalists. Others are seniors Daniel Hettich and Mikayla Weiss, Grand Forks Central High School; and Aiden Krogh, Alexander Tjellesen and Joseph Votava, Red River High School, who were reported as semifinalists by the Herald earlier this month.

The Grand Forks students are among about 16,000 semifinalists in the 65th annual scholarship program.

About 1.5 million students nationwide entered the program by completing the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The number of semifinalists in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

Finalists in the program will be announced in February. Scholarship winners will be selected from the group of finalists, and about 7,600 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $31 million, will be announced in the spring.

Pamela Knudson is a features and arts/entertainment writer for the Grand Forks Herald.

She has worked for the Herald since 2011 and has covered a wide variety of topics, including the latest performances in the region and health topics.

Pamela can be reached at or (701) 780-1107.
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