Smith Named National Merit Semi-finalist by the National Merit Scholarship Program
Searcy School District is proud to announce that Searcy High School student Jarod Smith has been named a National Merit Semi-finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rod Smith, is one of 1,500,000 high school students who took the PSAT last year. He scored among some 16,000 of the top PSAT scorers, representing less than 1 percent of the nation’s high school graduating seniors. Smith reported a score of 233/240 on the exam which is broken down into three sections consisting of critical reading, writing and language, and mathematics.
Smith is a member of the SHS band and has been selected to the All-Region band as a trumpet player twice during his high school career. He also sings in the SHS Concert Choir and Lion Heart. Not only an accomplished musician, Smith runs cross country and plays for the SHS varsity soccer team. He is a known leader in the groups in which he participates. His academic groups include Beta Club, National Honor Society, and Spanish Honorary. He has a heart for missions as he has participated in six mission trips to the Dominican Republic and to Bayou la Batre, Alabama.
Though Smith is unsure of his future plans, he has expressed that he wants his chosen profession to be fulfilling in every aspect of life. Searcy High School senior counselor Julia Roddy wrote in her letter of recommendation to the National Merit Scholarship Program that “Jarod continually excels in the classroom. He has a natural ability that allows him to take the most rigorous curriculum offered at our school. Jarod, however, does not take this innate ability for granted. He is respectful of his ability and applies his sense of responsibility and work ethic to ensure he garners all of the information possible from his courses.”
Additionally, the National Merit Scholarship Program notified Searcy High School that senior Raeanne Kiihnl was named a Commended Student in the 2016 program. According to the press release, “the young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success.”
We would like to congratulate both Smith and Kiihnl for their recognitions! Smith will be honored along with Teacher of the Year Robert Mayes at the annual Teacher of the Year reception being held on Wednesday, October 7th at 3:45 P.M. The event will be held at the Searcy Public Schools superintendent’s office, and we invite the public to attend.