A senior at Mingo Central High School, Faith Hensley, has been informed that she is a semi-finalist for the National Merit Scholarship.
Hensley is in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program. This notification was announced this past Wednesday. Faith is the daughter of Robert and Susan Hensley and the granddaughter of Rose Tackett of Williamson, W.Va. She was the only local student, and Mingo Central’s very first-ever student to advance to the semi-finalist level in the national program.
The names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists from throughout the United States were announced; these academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.
To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, a semi-finalist must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. The semi-finalist and his or her high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the semi-finalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.
A semi-finalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. About 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants.
The nationwide pool of semi-finalists, representing less than 1 (one) percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern)