Stephen Kletscher Named National Merit Scholarship Finalist

Published Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 3:30pm

SCL Student Named National Merit Finalist

West St. Paul, MN

February 14, 2018: 

St. Croix Lutheran Academy, West St. Paul,  senior Stephen Kletscher, son of Bradley and Joanne Kletscher, Woodbury, MN, has been named a National Merit Scholarship Program Finalist.

After being named one of 16,000 semifinalists, Stephen submitted a detailed scholarship application, including essays and information about his extracurricular achievements, awards, and leadership positions. As a semifinalist, Stephen has demonstrated an outstanding academic record.

Stephen has been endorsed by and recommended by St. Croix Lutheran Academy, West St. Paul, and earned SAT scores that confirm his qualifying test performance. From the finalist candidates, winners will be selected who have the strongest combination of academic skills and achievements, extracurricular accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous university studies. Scholarship winners represent less than one percent of the initial pool of student entrants.

In addition to his academic accomplishments, Stephen is the student body president, an executive homeroom leader, an international mentor, a Youth in Government Delegation leader, and an active volunteer for several SCL programs. In addition, Stephen is a three-season athlete who played on the varsity football (captain), basketball (captain), and track teams for the Crusaders.

Some 7,500 National Merit Scholarship winners from the group of more than 15,000 finalists of 2018 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 315,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.


St. Croix Lutheran Academy is a private Christian college-preparatory school for grades 6-12 located in West St. Paul, MN.  Established in 1958, the school offers a full range of academics including accelerated, advanced placement, and college-credit courses. 95% of graduates pursue higher education after graduation. 73% of teaching faculty hold advanced degrees. SCL offers 23 interscholastic sports and competes at the championship level as a member of the Tri Metro Conference. In addition to athletics, students have many opportunities to participate in drama, music, and leadership programs. SCL’s on-site 152-bed dormitory houses over 125 American and international students from 15 countries worldwide.

Mission Statement: Educating the total student – spiritually, intellectually, and physically – in a caring, Christian family community.


Wade Guerin, Class of 2007, Conference Tournament Championship Player of the Game, University of Wisconsin River Falls
" St. Croix's athletic program prepared me for my future success in athletics. I was always taught to give 100%, hold myself accountable, have high character, and always be a team player. "
- Wade '07