Each year, a select group of students are selected by the National Merit Corporation for the prestigious title of National Merit Scholars.
This year, about 2,500 students across the nation received this honor, and 45 were selected in the state of Arkansas.
We thought we would share a quick profile of where these students are from, where they are going to college, and what types of majors they will pursue.
The school that is graduating the most scholars this year is Bentonville HS (8), and tied for the second most were Cabot and those classified as home-schooled (4). Other high schools include: ASMSA (3), Fayetteville (2), Fort Smith Southside (2), Alma, Batesville, Central Arkansas Christian School, Conway, Conway Christian, Gentry, Greenbrier, Haas Hall, Harding Academy, J.D. Leftwich, Lake Hamilton, Little Rock Baylor Academy, Little Rock Central, Little Rock Christian Academy, Little Rock, Nettleton, Perryville, Pulaski Academy, Rogers Heritage, Searcy, Springdale Har-Ber, and Booneville. Congratulations to all of these schools!
These 45 students enrolled in colleges across the country, but the majority will attend college in the state of Arkansas. The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville leads the way with 21 Scholars coming this fall. Next on the list is a tie between Harding University and Hendrix College (5), two private Arkansas schools of higher education. Other colleges include: Oklahoma State (2), SMU (2), Washington University St. Louis (2), Baylor (2), Northwestern, Oklahoma, Rochester (N.Y.), Tulsa, USC, and Vanderbilt.
These students plan on studying subjects from almost every discipline. Just to name a few, students will study engineering (8), medicine and related majors (9), law and related majors (5), and various other majors including archaeology, meteorology, music, and theater.
Good luck to these students and all 2013 graduates across the state and the nation!
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