Four SHS Students Named National Merit Finalists
In October, four Searcy High School students were named National Merit Semi-finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. We are excited to announce that all four students have advanced to finalist status! Joseph Lim, Crystal Neill, Susannah Stubbs, and Jonathan Walls will now be competing among 15,000 students across the nation for a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship award.
According to the National Merit Scholarship Program website, all winners of the National Merit Scholarship awards are chosen from the finalists. These finalists’ information is analyzed and consists of two sets of test scores, a school official’s recommendation, and a student-written essay. The selection committee also considers the types of leadership roles the student has held and the student’s extra-curricular activities. Approximately 7,600 winners will be notified in the next few months if they meet National Merit Scholarship award criteria.
Julia Roddy, Searcy High School guidance counselor, works closely with all the senior students as they prepare for post-high school plans. She especially interacts with the honor graduates. “These students are not only academically successful, but they are also students of high moral character,” says Roddy of the four National Merit finalists. “They are all very gracious and extremely humble of their academic as well as their personal successes; which are numerous. I am confident that we will continue to see great achievements from all four of these young people in the future.”
The 2015 Searcy High School seniors will graduate on Saturday, May 9th with the senior scholarship assembly to be held on Thursday, May 7th. We would like to once again congratulate Joseph, Crystal, Susannah, and Jonathan on their most recent accomplishment. We wish them the very best as the National Merit Scholarship Program begins to make scholarship decisions.