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Five students named National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists

Five students in Bismarck Public Schools have been named Semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program for academically talented high school seniors. About 16,000 Semifinalists will compete for about 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million nationwide. About 90% of Semifinalists become Finalists and about half of the Finalists will win a scholarship in the spring. Century High School has three Semifinalists: Leah Bandy, MaKenna Cavanagh, and Alexander Heiser. Bismarck High senior Gabrielle Belanger is also a Semifinalist, as is Sean Joyce from Legacy High.