In early September, senior Dylan Meyer and Josh Roberts were named semifinalists in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship, which is just a mere 1 percent of all the entrants that apply for this scholarship.
To attain this, they both had to take the PSAT, which is the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, their junior year. More than 1.5 million high school kids take the PSAT, which can be done when they are sophomores or juniors.
“I plan on taking the PSAT next year, just so I can get the experience,” freshman Caleb Rogge said.
Of these 1.5 million students, 16,000 seniors are informed as semifinalists in early September. In February of 2013, Meyer and Roberts will potentially be notified as finalists; only 15,000 of the semifinalist winners will move on to be a finalist for the National Merit Scholarship. If they both get to the finalist level, they will be eligible to be Merit Scholarship winners.
“I’m really proud of Josh and Dylan, and from what I have seen, the two of them are really hard workers,” said football coach Mark Oberkrom, who has coached both seniors.
Only 8,300 students will win this prestigious award. That is only ½ percent of all entrants that attempt to become Merit Scholarship winners. If they do win this award, it will put them in line for bigger scholarships.
Meyer and Roberts are both planning on attending Colombia or Yale. Roberts plans to play football at one of these schools and pursue a career in becoming a lawyer.
“I’m excited to go to college,” Roberts said. “It is better than being in boring Kansas!”
Meyer, on the other hand, is planning on becoming an engineer.
“I think going to college with my best friend will be an adventure, and a lot of fun,” Meyer said.
Article and photo by Alex Feldkamp, Staff Member