Central High Student Named National Merit Semifinalist

September 12, 2007

Central High School senior Kristen McCollum has been named a Semifinalist in the 2008 National Merit Scholarship Competition, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Approximately 16,000 students nationwide have been named semifinalists and have the opportunity to compete for Merit Scholarship awards. The semifinalists are chosen from over 1.4 million juniors who took the preliminary SAT (PSAT) as high school juniors. The National Merit semifinalist group represents less than 1% of America's high school seniors.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation is a not-for-profit organization established in 1955 to conduct the annual National Merit Program. The scholarships it provides are underwritten by some 500 businesses and higher education institutions that share NMSC's goal of honoring the nation's scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.

To become a finalist, a semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student's earlier qualifying test performance. Merit finalists will be announced in the spring.

Ms. McCollum is the daughter of Don and Vicki McCollum.