Two Hopkins seniors named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Sonja Milkovich, Henry Scheible, and Principal Ballard smile for a photo outside of the High School.

Seniors Sonja Milkovich and Henry Scheible are among a prestigious group of students named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists. They are two of about 16,000 semifinalists in the scholarship program this year.

Milkovich is an avid swimmer who not only competes for the Hopkins High School swim team, but she also teaches swimming lessons for the City of Minnetonka. She is actively involved in her synagogue’s youth group where she plans social action events for teens and handles communication. She plans to attend college on the East Coast next year where she will study biochemistry.

Scheible is a captain of the Hopkins High School math league, robotics and cross country. His favorite thing to do is share his passions with others so they can develop skills and opportunities to actively contribute. Scheible plans to go to college next year and study math and computer science.

To be considered for the National Merit Scholarship, students in their junior year must take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which serves as the initial screening of program entrants. Students must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, complete an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier PSAT/NMSQT scores.

Out of nearly 16,000 semifinalists, approximately 15,000 are expected to advance to the finalist stage. If Milkovich and Scheible are selected as finalists, they will be notified in February. Recipients of the National Merit Scholarship will be named in spring 2022.