Three students from schools within Faulkner County were named as 2018 National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners.

The recipients were chosen from more than 15,000 finalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Hunter Davis and Epifanio Torres-Smith are both from Conway High School.

“We are enormously proud of these outstanding students,” CHS Principal Jason Lawrence, said. “They will both go on from Conway High School to do great things.”

Lawrence said Torres-Smith will attend Princeton University and plans to study computer science, while Davis will attend the University of Virginia with plans to major in pre-med.

Jackson Quick from Conway Christian High School was also selected as a winner.

"Conway Christian is very proud of Jackson's amazing accomplishment,” Conway Christian President Jason Carson, said. “He carries on our tradition of producing national scholars whom are prepared for the challenges of our nation's most rigorous universities. Jackson is truly a one of kind scholar. From his amazing feat of scoring a 36 on his ACT — as a sophomore — to leading our quiz bowl team to three state titles, he excelled in all of his academic endeavors.”

Caron said Conway Christian wishes Quick the “very best” as he continues his studies this fall at Harvard University.

According to a news release from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, this is the second announcement of winners made — on April 18, more than 1,000 recipients of corporate-sponsored scholarships were named and come June 6 and July 16, more than 4,000 college-sponsored scholarship winners will be announced.

“By the conclusion of this year’s competition, about 7,500 academic champions will have won National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million,” the release stated.