What an amazing accomplishment for a school our size!
(Chadron High School Graduating Class of 2013 has 57 seniors.)
Lane Chasek - 2013 National Merit Finalist and Scholarship RecipientAbigail McFee - 2013 National Merit Finalist and Scholarship RecipientTerran Merriman-Honerkamp - 2013 National Merit Semi-Finalist
The National Merit Scholarship Program is a privately-funded competition to recognize the United States' most outstanding academic high school scholars. About 1.5 million students in some 22,000 high schools qualify to enter the competition when they take the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) qualifying test during their junior year. This serves as the initial screening to select about 16,000 Semifinalists which are designated on a state representational basis, in numbers proportionate to each state's high school graduating seniors. Semifinalists represent the highest scoring one percent of the state's senior students.
From there, Semifinalists submit a scholarship application, which includes essays and information about extracurricular achievements, awards, and leadership positions. Those students who have submitted and met the approval and recommendation of program and school officials are named as Finalists.
By the conclusion of the competition, a select group of Finalists are chosen to receive the prestigious National Merit Scholarship based on the strongest combination of academic skills and achievements, extracurricular accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous university studies. Scholarship winners represent less than 1% of the initial national pool of student entrants.
Last year, Chadron High School was excited to announce that we had one student recognized (Geoff Ledbetter - 2012 National Merit Finalist and Scholarship Recipient) which was our first student honored by the National Merit Program in several years.