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.