“We are very proud of these students and their accomplishments. It is great for a school to have so many students qualify as semi-finalists and even better to have all them achieve finalist status,” said Principal Joel Linn. “This is a testament to the hard work they have put in throughout their entire educational career as well as the support and guidance they have received from their teachers and the folks at home.”
The seven students were chosen as National Merit Semi-Finalists last fall, when their scores on the PSAT placed them above the national “cut score” for the exam. They then submitted their applications to become finalists, which included an essay and information about their extracurricular activities and community service, as well as a recommendation from their school counselor.
Conway High School counselors say the National Merit designation opens many doors for these students to be recruited by colleges and offered extra scholarships. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation will award about 8,000 Merit Scholarships to the group of around 15,000 Finalists. Even though not every Finalist will get a Merit Scholarship, some of the colleges may offer more scholarships for the Finalist designation.