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Six from ISD 728 Are National Merit Scholar Finalists

Six ISD 728 Students are among 15,000 finalists named as part of the annual academic competition. The students, who were selected based on scores on a PSAT qualifying test, will compete for some 7,500 scholarships worth more than $31 million, to be awarded this spring.

The group includes: 

  • Benjamin Fisher, Gretta Jensen and Ethan Loukusa of Rogers High School; 
  • Jamison Ward of Zimmerman High School; 
  • And Josh Bauer and Meghan Bentz of Elk River High School. 

“To be considered for the Merit Scholarship Award, the semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the National Merit competition,” said Assistant Superintendent Jana Hennen-Burr, who honored the students at the ISD 728 School Board Meeting on Monday, Jan. 13. “We wish them luck as they continue in the process.” 

After completing the finalist application, the six students from the District are now among hundreds of finalists from around Minnesota. Not all will receive scholarship funds, but the majority have qualified for some sort of scholarship due to their place on the National Merit Finalists list. 

The Board and administrators appreciated the district’s participation in the National Merit process, which aims to shine a “spotlight on brilliant students and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence at all levels of education,” a message the group believed fits the district’s strategic plan and goals.

Benjamin Fisher
Benjamin Fisher

Gretta Jensen
Gretta Jensen

Ethan Loukusa
Ethan Loukusa

Jamison Ward
Jamison Ward

Josh Bauer
Josh Bauer

Meghan Bentz
Meghan Bentz

NATIONAL MERIT SEMI FINALISTS
Meghan Benthz, Joshua Bauer and Ethan Loukusa were present at the ISD 728 Board Meeting Monday as the six National Merit Semifinalists from the district were recognized for their achievement. Not pictured are Jamison Ward, Benjamin Fisher and Gretta Jensen.