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Five Dreher High Students Named Finalists for 2024 National Merit Scholarships


Five Dreher High School students have been named finalists in the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program, which recognizes academically talented high school seniors across the country.


More than 15,000 finalists were selected out of over 16,000 semifinalists. The finalists will compete for 7,140 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $28 million. The winners will be announced in the spring.


Dreher’s National Merit Scholarship finalists are: Aidan Dong, Larrabee Ellenberg, Charlotte Peavy, Lena Trask-Trafton and Naja Weinkle.


“We are proud of all five of Dreher's National Merit finalists. They are all deserving of this honor. Becoming a National Merit finalist is a culmination of several years of hard work and dedication to growth as a learner,” said Dreher Principal Dr. Joe Eberlin. “Each of these students has distinguished herself or himself as a scholar through achievement in the classroom and through their many talents. The Dreher family looks forward to their future endeavors!”


High school juniors entered the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2022 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.


To qualify as finalists, semifinalists must submit a detailed scholarship application which includes their academic record, evidenced participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, honors and awards. They also must have an exemplary high school academic record, be endorsed by a high school official, write an essay and earn an SAT or ACT score that confirms the student’s academic performance.

National Merit Scholarship winners are selected based on their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in college.


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PHOTO: Five Dreher High School students have been named finalists in the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program. Seated from left to right are: Aidan Dong, Naja Weinkle and Charlotte Peavy. Standing from left to right are: Lena Trask-Trafton and Larrabee Ellenberg.