Nine Conway High School students have been named National Merit Finalists for 2015-16.
David Desrochers, Allison Dombeck, Bradley Wickliffe, Rachel Lance, Samuel Cloyd, Matthew Sweere, Juan Melendez, Timothy Ablondi, and Josh Vines all received the top honor.
The students will now be eligible for various scholarship awards from the National Merit Scholarship corporation.
Conway High School Principal Joel Linn says these students are an excellent representation of their school.
"These kids work hard at everything they do," says Linn. "They deserve this recognition and we look forward to watching them achieve even more success in the future."
"It is great to receive this honor and be considered one of Conway High's Best and Brightest," says finalist Tim Ablondi. "I am humbled to know that I am in the top percent of seniors in the nation and I would like to thank my parents and all my teachers who have helped me along the way."
Other finalists shared their excitement about their awards as well.
"I'm very excited about the opportunities this achievement has made available to me in terms of scholarships. I plan on pursuing a degree in electrical engineering at the University of Arkansas," says David Desrochers.
Finalist Allison Dombeck will move to Texas after graduation.
"I plan on attending the University of Texas at Dallas, where I will pursue a degree in Art and Technology," says Dombeck. I enjoy playing cello and painting during my free time."
"I do not know where I am attending college, but I plan to pursue a biochemistry or biology major," says Finalist Rachel Lance. "I also plan to continue to play the violin."
"I am honored to be named a National Merit Scholar," says Finalist Sam Cloyd. "The Conway Public School District has prepared me well and opened doors that will allow me to pursue my goal of entering the field of medicine."
Finalist Juan Melendez says "I'm kind of smart I guess. But I am an anomaly. All I did was take a test."
These nine students are among an elite group of students from across the nation, qualifying for National Merit Semi-Finalist with their score on the PSAT, or National Merit Qualifying Test, and scoring in the top one percent of the nation, then being chosen as a finalist upon review of their high school career as a whole.
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