Two local high school seniors have moved one step closer to being selected as National Merit Scholarship winners.
Seniors Mathea Krogstad of Elk River High School and Erik Bremer of Rogers High School were notified this week they are advancing to the final round of the program. The national winners will be announced in March.
Krogstad 17, has a 3.883 GPA half way into her senior year. She is a full-time Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) student at Bethel University. Krogstad is involved in her church with youth activities and music. Through her church she has established a relationship with the Manuelito Project in Honduras, a school for former street children. She enjoys studying psychology and looks forward to using this discipline to help people. Krogstad is considering majoring in psychology at Bethel University or at the University of Minnesota Morris. In her spare time she loves to read, watch movies and care for her twin dwarf hamsters, Watson and Sherlock.
Bremer, 17, is midway through his final year with a 4.038 GPA. He is involved in baseball, Student Council, Knowledge Bowl and National Honor Society. He is also a student liaison to the Elk River Area School Board. In 2012 he was one of two Rogers’ students to be nominated for the state ExCEL (Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership) award. This year Bremer is one of two Royals to be nominated for the state Triple AAA (Academics, Arts and Athletics) award. Bremer also mentors and provides peer tutoring. He is considering majoring in Journalism, possibly at Northwestern University.
Each year, scholarship winners are chosen from approximately 1.5 million applicants nationwide. Krogstad and Bremer are competing for one of 8,300 final scholarships.
The National Merit® Scholarship program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, a test that serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year, and by meeting program entry/participation requirements.