Local student wins $2,500 National Merit scholarship

EVANSTON, Ill. — Kevin Riehm of Stillwater, a senior cadet at St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights considering studying computer science in college, was one of several Minnesota high school seniors awarded $2,500 scholarships by The National Merit Scholarship Corp.

The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a pool of more than 15,000 finalists in the 2013 National Merit

Scholarship Program. National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners are finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors.

These scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who looked at information submitted by both the finalists and their high schools that included academic records and the difficulty level of subjects studied; grades; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the finalist, and a recommendation written by a high school official.