Nebraska, Iowa students named National Merit semifinalists

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has announced the names of about 16,000 semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

The winners include students from Nebraska and Iowa.

The students have an opportunity to continue in the competition for about 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition.

About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and about half the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

Below is a list of students from Nebraska and western Iowa who were named semifinalists. The students are listed by city and high school:

NEBRASKA

BEATRICE

Beatrice High

Hoffman, Tessa A.

BELLEVUE

Bellevue East High

McArthur, Morgan C.

Bellevue West High

Schroeder, Alissa J.

BLAIR

Blair High

Petersen, Brett

BRIDGEPORT

Bridgeport High

Baxter, Emily

CHADRON

Chadron High

Hawk, Hunter

ELKHORN

Elkhorn High

Franzen, Lauren C.

Mount Michael High

Gloeb, Garrett M.

Huetter, Nolan

Thiele, Matthew J.

FAIRBURY

Fairbury High

Griffee, Ashley L.

Firth Norris High

Sullivan, Calla M.

GRAND ISLAND

Grand Island High

Clay, Talon

Myers, Lucy A.

GRETNA

Gretna High

Larsen, Mazie E.

Mann, Jacob R.

Ryan, Kaitlyn P.

HASTINGS

Hastings High

Avent, Kaila M.

KEARNEY

Kearney Catholic

Fick, Sadie M.

LINCOLN

Lincoln East High

Clegg, Ashley A.

Graus, Bailey S.

Jia, Orianna W.

Laws, Daniel A.

Lin, Jesse Y.

Mishra, Shruti

Rau, Aaditya V.

Sears, Mya

Lincoln High

Brank, Mabry

Hamann, Alexander

Hayes, Audrey R.

Hinrichs, Claire E.

Hoffman, Ruby K.

Shank, Cole

Lincoln Southwest High

Cronin, Conrad A.

Driver, Kaleigh M.

Gessert, Greta L.

Goddard, Jackson

Lim, Jae Hyun

Pius X High

Ruder, Andrew S.

OAKLAND

Oakland-Craig High

Unwin, Jacob R.

OMAHA

Brownell Talbot High

Lei, Victoria W.

Mu, Jenna Y.

Shelby, Ameya Z.

Bryan High

Peer, Paul L.

Central High

Schoenbeck, Simon N.

Creighton Prep

Drew, Gabriel H.

Drvol, Stanley M.

Hennessey, Joseph J.

Hogue, Isaiah H.

LaFave, Colin E.

Martin, Paul T.

McGill, Joseph G.

McNamara, Ryan M.

Nussrallah, John F.

Polerecky, Eric J.

Tse, John Paul K.

Duchesne Academy

Youngblood, Olivia F.

Elkhorn South

Blusys, Grace J.

Wong, Huey-Xian K.

Wright, Bennett M.

Home school

Dougherty, Collin E.

Marian High

Isenberg, Lauren T.

Millard North High

Edwards, O’Bryen M.

Fu, Daniel R.

Holzapfel, Frank J.

Menon, Vishnu A.

Nguyen, Austin P.

Potineni, Shashank S.

Qiu, Tori K.

Selvaraj, Jason

Varghese, George J.

Wahlgren, Elisabeth

Zhu, Leily A.

Millard South High

Krumwiede, Olivia C.

Rudolph, Logan T.

Millard West High

Andersen, Dana

Beutler, Dawson J.

Gong, Owen C.

Kaechele, Maya R.

Koch, Mitchell

Sindelar, Reid A.

Turner, Jonah

Zhou, Anita T.

Omaha Christian Academy

Goossen, Elijah K.

North High

Pullen, Kamryn M.

Skutt Catholic

Stratman, Hope T.

Wasserburger, Noah C.

Westside High

Burkholder, Patrick

Fehr, Brady A.

Gould, Lucas

Johanningsmeier, Grace R.

Lund, Stephanie

Novoa, Peter J.

Podariu, Ana

OSCEOLA

Osceola High

Voigt, Derek M.

PALMYRA

Home school

Thomson, Joseph D.

PAPILLION

Papillion- La Vista South

Bannister, Samantha F.

Decker, Bruyn D.

McIntyre, Makenzie E.

Stanton, Grayson K.

PLAINVIEW

Home school

Knaak, Tucker J.

PONCA

Ponca High

Brickett, Samual M.

SEWARD

Seward High

Nottingham, Evan

SOUTH SIOUX CITY

South Sioux City High

Guzman-Navarro, Galdino

WAHOO

Wahoo High

Groff, Caleb A.

WAVERLY

Waverly High

Maschman, Chaz G.

YORK

York High

Mittman, Nicole D

WESTERN IOWA

CARROLL

Carroll High

Meiners, Grant A.

COUNCIL BLUFFS

Lewis Central High

King, Nolan S.

Kjeldgaard, Gabriel B.

GLENWOOD

Home school

Albers, William J.

SIOUX CITY

Bishop Heelan Catholic

LaFleur, Abbie J.

Markham, Libby L.

Morris, Zachary J.

North High

Hwang, Robert

Pham, Albert Q.

WOODBINE

Woodbine High

Nelson, Abigail R

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