Vic Fischer named National Merit Semifinalist
Vic Fischer named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist
Posted on 10/01/2018

Vic Fischer PicHenry Sibley senior Vic Fischer has been named a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist for 2018. He was chosen from about 1.6 million students from 22,000 high schools nationwide who took the Preliminary National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Students with the highest test scores are recognized as Commended Scholars or Semifinalists.

As a Semifinalist, he is in the top one-percent of all U.S. high school seniors. Nearly 16,000 students with the highest test scores are named Semifinalists. In February, around 15,000 of the Semifinalists will be notified that they have advanced to the Finalist standing.

Last year, Henry Sibley had three students, Katie Gleason, Anna Klein and Natalie Nachtsheim, who were named finalists in the National Merit Scholarship program. In addition, Gabriel Fromm, Max Gantman and Thomas Miranda were named National Merit Commended Scholars.

Name: Vic Fischer
Hometown: South St. Paul
Parents: John and Teresa Fischer
Other District 197 Schools Attended: Friendly Hills Middle School and Somerset Elementary School
Post-Graduation plans: Attend college for electrical engineering, likely somewhere in the southeastern part of the United States with a thriving music scene.

Vic Fischer has found a way to balance his work with finding time to pursue his passions and give back to the community. In previous years, Vic has completed a number of Advanced Placement (AP) classes including: Biology, World History, U.S. History, Chemistry and Calculus AB. For his senior year, he has enrolled in AP Economics, Language and Composition, Physics and Calculus BC. Vic is also taking College in the Schools (CIS) German at Henry Sibley through the University of Minnesota. 

“I think that the AP and CIS classes have prepared me best for my post-secondary ventures,” said Vic. “The college credits that I have obtained and the advanced skills developed via these classes are truly the reasons I attend Sibley.”

Outside of class, Vic has participated in National Honor Society and played football. His passion for music though, is really what makes him tick.

In his free time Vic plays in various ensembles and rock bands, which have performed at Sibley’s talent shows and open mic nights. He also shares his musical talents with others through repairing and selling guitar pedals and amplifiers. In addition, he was a percussionist in the Henry Sibley Band from grades 9-11, where he also performed in the Jazz Band and was named all-conference.   

When he’s not playing music, sports or studying, Vic gives back to the community by volunteering his time at Dakota County’s Fix-it Clinics repairing consumer electronics.

Here is what Vic had to say during a recent interview: 

District 197: What’s a memory from your time at Sibley that will always stay with you?
Vic Fischer: The nights in my basement with Sibley classmates playing music is a memory that will stay with me. As a younger student it exposed me to upper classmen and their lessons. Now was a senior I can pass those lessons on as a mentor to younger students in genres of music not provided in classes, clubs or extra-curricular activities at Sibley.

Anything else you’d like to share about your time at Sibley?
It is possible to succeed here, the opportunities exist if you want it bad enough and are willing to do what it takes.