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Armstrong Senior Named National Merit Finalist

Armstrong Senior Named National Merit Finalist
Posted on 02/22/2019
Benyoshi (Ben) Aoki-Sherwood

Benyoshi (Ben) Aoki-Sherwood, a senior at Robbinsdale Armstrong High School, has been named a National Merit Scholarship Finalist.


This accomplishment is one of many for Ben, who has a 4.0 GPA:

  • He is the boys Region 6AA Triple A Award winner (Academics, Arts and Athletics), a Minnesota State High School League award which recognizes high school seniors who excel in the classroom, on the athletic field, and in the fine arts.

  • He scored a perfect 36 on the ACT last year -- on his first time taking the test.

  • He is a National AP Scholar, which is the highest level of distinction awarded by the College Board. This distinction is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.

  • He was captain for Cross Country in the fall, and captain of Nordic Ski in the winter. The boys Nordic Ski team recently finished 3rd at the State meet last week in Biwabik. Ben also participants on the spring track team.

  • He plays cello in Armstrong’s symphonic orchestra, and was selected as Principal Cello in the NWSC All-Conference Orchestra Concert.


“We are very proud of Ben’s success,” said Dr. Carlton D. Jenkins, Robbinsdale Area Schools Superintendent. “The hard work and excellence he has demonstrated in his academic and co-curricular pursuits will serve him well in college and beyond.”


More than 1.6 million students enter the National Merit Scholarship Program each year. Ben joins 15,000 semi-finalists who advanced to Finalist standing.


The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) serves as the initial screening for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Those with the highest scores (about 50,000 students) qualify for recognition in the Program, as either a semifinalist or a Commended Student. Robbinsdale Area Schools also congratulates Jack Fredrickson, a senior at Armstrong High School, on being named a National Merit Commended Scholar.


The National Merit Scholarship Corporation awards approximately 7,500 Merit Scholarships, with three types of awards offered:

  • National Merit Scholarship: All finalists are considered for $2,500 single-payment;

  • Corporate-Sponsored Merit Scholarship: Awarded to finalists who meet a company or business grantor’s specified criteria will be considered;

  • College-sponsored Merit Scholarship: Awarded to finalists who will attend their respective sponsor institutions are considered


National Merit Scholarship Award winners will be announced this spring.