Ten students from schools in Faulkner County have been named as semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation made the announcement Sept. 13.
Today officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program," a release stated. "These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring."
Nine of the students, Chloe Baker, Hunter Davis, Matthew Depner, Gopi Lukhi, Madelyn Moss, Catherine Peppers, Tanner Ruth, Noah Smith and Epifanio Torres-Smith, are from Conway High School.
"I speak for the entire Conway High School staff when I say we are very proud of this group," CHS Principal Jason Lawrence said. "We have had a number of semifinalists over the years who have gone on to great things. This group is not only highly intelligent, but they are also involved, personable, and show a strong work ethic. We will see great things from them as well."
According to a news release from Conway Schools, these nine students now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million dollars and the semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to go on to become a finalist with 90 percent of the semifinalists will attain finalist standing, with half of the finalists winning a merit scholarship.
"Our parents and patrons should continue to be impressed with the quantity of National Merit Scholars that are produced by our school district," Superintendent Greg Murry said. "It reflects a quality student body that has a focus on academic achievement as well as a teaching staff that does significant work to help these students down their path of outstanding performance."
The students qualified for this distinction by taking the Preliminary SAT /National Merit Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) and scoring in the top one percent of the nation. The number of semi-finalists in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. This year there are approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the nation.
The 10th student, Jackson Quick, is a senior at Conway Christian Schools.
Officials said they were excited to announce Quick as a semi-finalist.
"Jackson has been at Conway Christian since kindergarten," a news release from the school stated. "He currently serves as the Student Council President as well as a leader for our state Champion Quiz Bowl team, runner-up Ethics Bowl team and state semi-finalist baseball team."
According to the school, Quick scored a perfect 36 on his ACT’s and is narrowing his college choices to Stanford University, Princeton University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Duke University.
"Conway Christian is very proud of Jackson for this accomplishment, one reserved for the nation’s very best students," the release reads.