Three Aledo High School seniors — Angelique Morvant, Autumn Simpson and Callie Wortham — were named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists last week in the 59th annual scholarship program. Officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists nationwide.
Semifinalists compete for some 8,000 National Merit scholarships worth about $35 million to be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, they must fulfill several requirements. About 90 percent are expected to attain finalist standing, and more than half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.
AHS Principal Dan Peterson said the students are being rewarded for the time and effort it took to reach this point in the scholarship competition.
“Their hard work and family support have served each of them well,” he said. “We congratulate these young ladies, and we will continue to work with them through the completion of the application process.”
National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced nationwide in the spring. They will join more than 300,000 others who have earned the Merit Scholar title.
NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 440 business organizations and higher-education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.
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Teens arrested for throwing rocks on interstate
Two 14-year-old boys are facing charges after reportedly throwing rocks at passing vehicles on Interstate 20 Tuesday afternoon, damaging trucks and injuring a woman.
Parker County Calendar of Events
Painting with a Twist/Painting with a Purpose
• Looking for a fun night out? The Parker Paws Painting with a Purpose fundraiser will be held from 7-9 p.m.
Master Gardener training orientation dates set
The Parker County office of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be offering a Master Gardener Intern Training Course this fall.
Residents in Parker County experienced quite a bit of rain early Thursday morning.
Willow Park tackles 11-street project
The Willow Park City Council last week picked a list of 11 streets they’d like repaired as part of the city’s next road repair project, a significant portion of the 17-road, $850,000 list of needed repairs.
ESD No. 1, Annetta South working on fire station site
Parker County Emergency Services District No. 1 and Annetta South officials said Tuesday that the ESD is homing in on a site for a new fire station to serve residents in the Annettas and surrounding areas.
Fires destroy home, damage business
Two separate fires around 2 p.m. Tuesday damaged a Willow Park business and destroyed the home of a Weatherford family of three.
Thousands descended on Weatherford Saturday for a day of peachy fun.
Mom, boyfriend arrested in toddler death
PARKER COUNTY — A Weatherford mother who, after watching her boyfriend allegedly brutally beat and kill her 18-month-old daughter, reportedly admitted to helping bury the girl under a bridge in northern Parker County was arrested last week on warrants.
Low turnout at Annetta annexation hearing
Few spoke during public hearings last week regarding the latest proposed annexation by the Town of Annetta.
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