The PSAT is the qualifying test, which serves as an initial screen of about 1.5 million competitors. Fifteen District 196 seniors were named 2014 National Merit semifinalists, with another 29 recognized as National Merit commended.
Eagan High did particularly well, with five semifinalists: Nurullah Goren, Emily Quick, Alexandra Rosati, Laurel Scott and Matthew Tran.
The other semifinalists from District 196 are:
- Alexandria Daggett and Jonathan Morrow of Apple Valley High School
- Jiwon Joung, John Kurila, Elizabeth Palmi, Mara Reed and Jay Schuffenhauer of Eastview High School
- Emily Brossart, Connor Hagen and Anshika Rai of Rosemount High School
Semifinalists rank among the top 1 percent of high school seniors in the U.S. All are eligible to compete for the more than 8,000 merit scholarships. Finalists will be announced in spring.