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St. Peter-Kasota Dollars for Scholars chapter gearing up for 2017-18


It’s that time of year again St. Peter High School seniors! It’s time to start building your profile on the St. Peter-Kasota Dollars for Scholars website. By keeping your profile up-to-date it will be easier to begin your scholarship application starting on February 15.


Please remember, students can begin building their profiles at any time. Visit the website at: or our Facebook Page for more information.


The St. Peter-Kasota Dollars for Scholars chapter also recently announced the dates for its annual Phone-A-Thon pledge drive. Student volunteers (juniors or seniors) are needed on Saturday, Nov. 11, and Sunday, Nov. 12, for that pledge drive.


Students who are interested in working at the phone-a-thon should see Jana Sykora, the High School Guidance Counselor.  Those who volunteer and complete a shift will be eligible for a special scholarship from the chapter.


A matching-grant opportunity has been provided to the St. Peter-Kasota chapter from Scholarship America. If the chapter raises $10,000 by June 30, 2018, it will be matched with an additional $10,000. These funds will be made available for undergraduate scholarship opportunities. Watch for more information in the mail or in the St. Peter Herald.



Two SPHS seniors fare well in National Merit Scholarship program

Shannie Rao named semifinalist; Lilly Anderson earns Commended Student honor


Two Saint Peter High School seniors, Shannie Rao and Lily Anderson, were recently honored by the 2018 National Merit Scholarship program for their academic success and their results in taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).


“Saint Peter High School has a tradition of students who rise to the top, academically. It’s a great honor for the school to have two recognized scholars this year,” SPHS Principal Annette Engeldinger said. “It speaks to the strong support from their teachers, their community, and their families. These are two great girls who have worked hard and done the right thing during their school years. We are so proud of these two young women. They represent the best of Saint Peter High School and the Saint Peter community.”


This is the second year in a row that SPHS has had a student recognized by the National Merit Scholarship program. Karen Chen, a 2017 SPHS graduate, ended up as a National Merit Scholarship finalist this past year.


Shannie Rao, the daughter of April Malphurs, has been chosen as one of 16,000 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists out of the more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2018 competition.


“This is a really exciting honor, and it really will help provide me with a lot of opportunities for going to college,” Rao said.


Rao now has the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.


To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.


Lilly Anderson, the daughter of Sheila and Jeff Anderson, earned the honor of Commended Student in the National Merit Scholarship program. Approximately 34,000 students out of the 1.6 million taking the test were recognized as a Commended Student for their exceptional academic promise.


Although Commended Students will not continue in the 2018 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, they did place among the approximately top three percent of those students who entered the National Merit Scholarship competition.