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Abby Hames '20 and Sydney Riley '20 are DeLaSalle's National Merit Scholarship semifinalists

DeLaSalle proudly salutes seniors Abby Hames and Sydney Riley, who have been named as semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. They have earned the recognition for their outstanding performance on the 2018 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Competition; as semifinalists, Hames and Riley are recognized among the top one percent of more than 1.6 million high school seniors in the United States.

DeLaSalle President, Barry Lieske, was quick to laud the honorees: “Sydney and Abby have not only been outstanding students while at DeLaSalle, but even more importantly, they have contributed significantly to the culture of excellence in our school.  They are leaders, they are kind, they are exceptionally hard working and set lofty goals for themselves. Their effort and commitment to learning is exemplary. We are exceptionally proud to honor them as scholars and as young women who have made an impact on DeLaSalle.”

Hames and Riley are both members of the National Honor Society, and each has been on the High Honor Roll for all six semesters at De.  They have been active leaders in an array of programs while at DeLaSalle: girls’ soccer, cross country, Quiz Bowl, Lasallian Ministry, softball, Technovation, and more. The two will be formally recognized at the annual Academic Awards Program on Wednesday, November 6.

This marks the 18th consecutive year that multiple DeLaSalle students have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship program. Hames and Riley are among 16,000 students nationwide who have been named semifinalists. Over 90 percent of semifinalists are expected to advance to the finalist level of competition. Finalists are competing to earn one of 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million.

More good news is likely on the way in coming days.  It’s anticipated that the National Merit Scholarship program will announce that additional DeLaSalle seniors are to be recognized as “Commended Students” for their outstanding performance on the 2018 PSAT, within the top three percent of all high school seniors in the country.  

DeLaSalle congratulates all of these scholars, their parents, and their grade school teachers for the considerable effort that led to such outstanding performance.  DeLaSalle is a Catholic, college preparatory high school, drawing its student body from over 125 Twin Cities middle schools. Over 98 percent of De graduates matriculate to college.