National Merit recognizes scholars

Ashli Wagner

Video Editor

Senior Jack Snelling receives recognition from superintendent John Simpson. All six students were recognized by the school board on Monday Oct. 9. Photo by Donald Johnson

Juniors across the country take the PSAT every February. Of the highest scoring students, 50,000 receive some sort of recognition. This year Webster Groves High school has six students who received recognition.

This fall, principal Dr. Jon Clark and counselor Karen Verstraete told students who had received recognition for the National Merit Scholarship before the list was given out to the public. Senior Elliot Williams is a commended student, and seniors Andy Downey, Brendan Gillow, Keillyn Johnson, Jack Snelling, and Ethan Whitaker are all semifinalists.

“It was cool; it’s nice to be in the top 1 percent ” said semifinalist senior Keillyn Johnson.

Students received recognition from the school board Monday, Oct. 9. Superintendent John Simpson handed out awards and handshakes to the six students who were announced by National Merit.
Students who become semifinalists can receive a scholarship from certain colleges throughout the country all varying in size. Some colleges give out full rides whereas some colleges don’t give any scholarship money.

Semifinalists complete an application similar to a college application listing their academic achievements, clubs, etc. along with a personal essay. Applications were turned in at the beginning of October, and the finalists will be announced in the Spring.


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