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Maple Grove Senior High's Christina Zhu named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

The 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program announced Semifinalists this week and Crimson scholar Christina Zhu is among the honorees.

Zhu is part of a nationwide pool of Semifinalists that represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors: the highest-scoring entrants on the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Semifinalists demonstrated an outstanding academic record throughout high school, were endorsed and recommended by a high school official, wrote an essay and earned SAT scores that confirmed their earlier performance on the qualifying test.

At Maple Grove Senior High, Zhu is not just a standout in the classroom; she is also a member of the cross-country team and will play violin in the pit orchestra for this year's Crimson fall musical. She is involved in Bring Change to Mind, a club at Maple Grove Senior that works to address the negative stigma associated with mental health. In the fall, she plans to attend a four year college or university to study computer science and linguistics. 

Zhu has an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million that will be offered next spring. Congratulations!

Christina Zhu pictured with the Maple Grove Senior High logo