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BHS Student Alexander Bakken Earns National Merit Semifinalist Honor



Baldwin High School is beaming with pride as senior Alexander Bakken achieves the prestigious title of National Merit Semifinalist! In a field of over 1.3 million juniors from approximately 21,000 high schools who entered the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program, Alexander has emerged as one of the standout talents. His exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies have set him apart, placing him among the elite group of approximately 16,000 semifinalists nationwide. This remarkable achievement reflects not only his dedication but also the commitment of the school to nurturing exceptional students.


Now, as Alexander advances to the semifinal round, he joins an exclusive group representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors. The semifinalists are the highest-scoring entrants in each state, with the number of semifinalists in a state being proportional to the state's percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. This recognition is a testament to Alexander's academic prowess and his potential to excel in higher education.


As Alexander Bakken competes for one of the 7,140 National Merit scholarships worth more than $28 million this spring, Baldwin High School celebrates his accomplishments and looks forward to his bright future ahead. This achievement not only brings honor to Alexander but also shines a spotlight on the dedication and academic excellence fostered by the school, reaffirming its commitment to preparing students for success in their college journey and beyond. Congratulations to Alexander Bakken on this momentous accomplishment!

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