Two schools top Minnesota’s 2022 National Merit Scholars list
High school students across Minnesota collectively won more than 100 National Merit Scholarships in 2022. Two suburban schools produced a significant number of recipients this year.
Wayzata High in Plymouth has produced the highest number of recipients at 15. Ten winners attend Mounds View High in Arden Hills.
Several other schools in the metropolitan area have also produced a handful of recipients.
Edina and Minnetonka High Schools have won seven and six winners, respectively, and five winners attend Blake School in Minneapolis.
The National Merit Scholarship Corp. announced the 2022 winners in four batches. The organization announced 15 winners from Minnesota in late April and another 45 in mid-May.
Sixty-six winners were announced on June 1 and another batch on June 11. The National Merit Scholarship Program did not provide the latest batch at press time.
The organization honors students based on standardized test scores and academic achievement. Minnesota students who scored a 218 or higher on the PSAT in 2020 qualified for this year’s awards.
Applicants then submitted a scholarship application that included an essay, a list of extracurricular activities, and an endorsement from a teacher or administrator. They also had to maintain consistently high academic performance and achieve an SAT or ACT score equal to their PSAT.
The National Merit Program estimates that approximately 16,000 students qualified for this year’s awards based on their 2020 PSAT scores, representing less than 1% of high school students nationwide.
The organization released its list of 2,022 recipients in four batches.
The April announcement included business-backed winners. These recipients received either annual stipends ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 per year or one-time payments of $2,500 to $5,000.
In May, the organization announced its list of 2,500 Merit Scholars, including 45 from Minnesota. Each recipient received $2,500.
The June winners were sponsored by the colleges and universities they plan to attend. These students will receive between $500 and $2,000 per year for a maximum of four years.
The 66 winners announced so far in June are:
Academy of Sciences and Agriculture
Cambridge Christian School
Champlin Park High School
Elevated from Eastview
Maria Laya Galindez
Eden Prairie High
Fourth Baptist Christian School
Christian Heritage Academy
Highland Park High
Brooklyn Cooper, Delano
Linae Larson, Richfield
John F. Kennedy High School
John Marshall High School (Rochester)
Academy of Mathematics and Science
View of the mounds from above
North High (St. Paul)
Park Christian School
Raised in the Roseville area
Saint-Louis Park High School
St. Michael-Albertville High School
St. Paul Academy and Summit School
St. Thomas Academy
Trinity School at River Ridge
Twin Cities Academy
Two high rivers
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