Thirteen Lakota Seniors Take Top Honors, Named National Merit Semifinalists

Thirteen Lakota Seniors Take Top Honors, Named National Merit Semifinalists
Posted on 09/23/2016
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Thirteen students from Lakota East and Lakota West high schools have earned positions as semifinalists in this year’s National Merit Scholarship Program, recognizing the nation’s most academically talented high school seniors.

The Lakota seniors are among the approximately 16,000 students nationwide being named National Merit Semifinalists for their performance on the Preliminary SAT (PSAT). About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools took the PSAT, so these semifinalistsrepresentless than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.

“The class of 2017 is already making its academic mark with the announcement of our National Merit semifinalists,” said West Principal Elgin Card.“We are proud of their high achievement on the PSAT that they took last fall, and wish them the best as they move forward in the scholarship competition."

East Principal Suzanna Davis is equally as proud of the nine East seniors who received the honor. "These students have demonstrated the highest level of academic commitment and achievement. On behalf of the faculty andstaff at Lakota East we congratulate these outstanding studentson their designation as National Merit semi-finalists."

 ​​​​​​​Congratulations to Lakota's National Merit Seminalists:

Lakota East

Chelsea Bass
Logan Beatty-Enderle
Paige Bentley
Blake Dodson
Ryan McAlister
Emma Stiefel
Alexander Suer
Zachary Thomas
Marika Thompson

Lakota West

Amy Ballman
Alice Brew
Vrishin Soman
Aditya Tewari


About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and nearly half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship.The program will ultimately award more than $33million in scholarships to about 7,500 students beginning next spring

Lakota West National Merit

Lakota West’s National Merit semifinalists are (from left):
​​​​​​​Alice Brew, Amy Ballman, Vrishin Soman and Aditya Tewari.

Lakota East National Merit

Lakota East's National Merit semifinalists are (from top to bottom, from left to right): Alexander Suer, Ryan McAlister, Emma Stiefel, Marika Thompson, Chelsea Bass, Blake Dodson, Paige Bentley and Zachary Thomas. Not pictured: Logan Beatty-Enderle (no longer attending Lakota).