Hopkins High School senior Evan Komschlies is among a prestigious group of students named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. He is one of nearly 16,000 to advance to the semifinalist stage and continue vying for a coveted National Merit Scholarship.
“Out of the many admirable traits Evan has, I admire his down to earth and humble personality,” said Xeev Xwm Vang, Hopkins High School counselor. “Academically, he finds comfort in challenging work; he is bilingual and a young scholar with very high potential.”
In addition to his academic record, Komschlies is involved with several extra curricular activities at Hopkins High School. He is on the soccer, alpine skiing and track and field team. He plays the trombone in the Wind Ensemble and Jazz I; he also plays piano in his free time. Additionally, he is a member of the National Honor Society chapter where he serves as president, he is part of the Young Americans for Freedom club. Outside of school activities, he has been part of the Boy Scouts of American where he is currently working on an Eagle Award application.
After he graduates in the spring, Komschlies plans to attend a college or university to study engineering.
To be considered for a 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 the nearly 16,000 semifinalists, approximately 15,000 are expected to advance to the finalist stage. If Komschlies is selected as a finalist, he will be notified in February. Recipients of the National Merit Scholarship will be named in spring 2020.