Four Runnels students advance to National Merit Finals

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All four Runnels National Merit semifinalists have advanced to Finalist status in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Competition. They are Anna Kadi, Daniel Mayeaux, Kayla Evans, and Emma Tooraen.

They will receive certificates recognizing this exceptional achievement at the Runnels High School Commencement Exercises in the Gladys Hague Runnels Theatre May 18.

Kadi, Evans, and Mayeaux have received college-sponsored National Merit Scholarships. Tooraen was awarded the Jefferson Caffery Scholarship at UL-Lafayette, its top academic award for freshmen. She plans to major in nursing and later attend medical school.

Evans is a Baylor University Merit Scholarship recipient. She was granted the school’s top merit award, the Regents’ Gold Scholarship. Her intention is to major in biochemistry on a pre-med track.

Kadi received college-sponsored merit scholarships from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. She will use her Chancellor’s Scholarship and a Trustees Scholarship to study physics.

Though Mayeaux was awarded a college-sponsored merit scholarship from the University of Alabama, he ultimately decided to attend Georgia Tech in Atlanta to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering.

These students entered the National Merit Scholarship Program in October 2017 when more than 1.6 million juniors in approximately 22,000 high schools took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants.

Last fall, the highest-scoring participants in each state, representing less than one percent of the nation’s high school seniors were named Semifinalists on a state-representational basis. Only these 16,000 Semifinalists had an opportunity to continue in the competition.

From the Semifinalist group, approximately 15,000 students met the very high academic standards and other requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.

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