Episcopal congratulates the following six students who have advanced to National Merit Finalist status. These students have not only performed at one of the highest academic levels of scholarship, but have contributed to our community in other aspects through leadership, service, creativity and athletics.
Mary Beth Barksdale Alex Dunbar Matthew Garrett Joseph Leo Gavin Perkins Richard Whitehurst
The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)—a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.
In February, some 15,000 Semifinalists are notified that they have advanced to Finalist standing. All winners of Merit Scholarship® awards (Merit Scholar® designees) are chosen from the Finalist group based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments—without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.