Dominick Wilson of Alexandria was one of 31 students to receive the M State Workforce Development Scholarship from Minnesota State Community and Technical College during the final round of funding for the 2020-21 academic year. The $2,500 scholarships are funded by the Minnesota Legislature to help ease the shortage of skilled workers in high-demand career fields. The scholarships target students enrolled in advanced manufacturing, agriculture, early childhood education, health care services, information technology or transportation. Scholarship recipients must be Minnesota residents, take at least nine credits per semester and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0. Qualifying students may renew the scholarship for a second year, bringing the total award to $5,000.
Jacob Tiegen of Alexandria Area High School was named a semifinalist for the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. Semifinalists are chosen based on their scores on the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Over 1.5 million juniors took the test, and the finalists represent less than 1% of that number. Highest scorers are determined by each state. Semifinalists have a shot at being named National Merit Scholars, with opportunity for scholarships.
Nine Alexandria Area High School graduates and current students have been named 2020 AP Scholars based on their performance on Advanced Placement (AP) exams. These are college-level courses taught at the high school that can deliver college credit. The AP Scholar designation, granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams, went to Christian Fleming, Malachi Hedstrom, Bethany Miller, and Sidney Trousil. The AP Scholar with Honor, a designation for students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams, went to Noah Capouch, David Fleming, Jessica McKnight, and Jacob Tiegen. The AP Scholar with Distinction, for students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams, went to Amanda Bittmann.