National Merit Scholars
2015-16 WHS National Merit Scholarship Semi-finalists Named
Twenty-six students from Wayzata High School’s class of 2016 have been named National Merit Scholarship Semi-finalists. Congratulations to this year’s semi-finalists:
Back row: Andrew Yablonsky, Andrew Gabler, Daniel Qu, Anthony Chen, Jeffrey Lee, Derek Feriancek, Vedran Hadziosmanovic, Andrew Docherty, Principal Scott Gengler
Middle row: Emily Short, Emma Baldry, Lauren Swenson, Ian Kariniemi, Kevin Qian, Cody Hou, Kevin Liu, Edward Mu, Michael Cai
Front row: Lucy Liu, Jessica Weng, Gowri Rao, Christine Kim, Gayathri Rao, Neha Bhatt, Nathaniel Ringo
Not Picture: Raymond He, Daniel Ibeling, Ryan Wang
About 1.5 million juniors entered the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.
From the approximately 16,000 semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the finalist level. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of finalists. National Merit Scholarship winners of 2016 will be announced beginning in April.
Wayzata High School has consistently had a high number of National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists over the past several years:
- Class of 2015 = 20 National Merit Scholarship Semi-finalists
- Class of 2014 = 17 National Merit Scholarship Semi-finalists
- Class of 2013 = 22 National Merit Scholarship Semi-finalists
- Class of 2012 = 26 National Merit Scholarship Semi-finalists
- Class of 2011 = 35 National Merit Scholarship Semi-finalists
- Class of 2010 = 23 National Merit Scholarship Semi-finalists
2016 National Merit Scholarship Commended Students
Additionally, 26 WHS students have been named Commended Students in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program.
These students are among the 34,000 students nationally who are being recognized for their achievement. Although they will not continue in the 2016 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 competition by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).