Wednesday, September 12, 2007

COM: In the blood

That's the nephew leading the list there!

Six McKinney-area high school seniors were named 2007-08 National Merit semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Jeffrey M. Cameron and Laura E. Norman are McKinney Boyd High School’s first National Merit Semifinalists. Also achieving the honor were David B. McCoy from McKinney High School, Daniel T. Hooper from McKinney North High School, Allison M. Boos from Gateway Preparatory School and Emily A. Leeke from Lucas Christian Academy.

These seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,200 Merit Scholarship awards, worth $34 million, to be offered next spring.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must advance to the finalist level of the competition by fulfilling several requirements. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and approximately half of the finalists will be selected as Merit Scholarship winners.

The semifinalists, who represent less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

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