Waconia High School senior Abigail Voelker has been named a National Merit Semifinalist based on results of the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which is taken by more than 1.5 million 11th graders each year.

Voelker is one of approximately 16,000 students across the nation who took the PSAT/NMSQT to be named a National Merit Semifinalist for 2024. Voelker will now have the opportunity to fulfill several requirements to be named a finalist in February and potentially earn one of approximately 7,500 National Merit Scholarships that will be awarded next Spring.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an annual academic competition among high school students for recognition and college scholarships that began in 1955.