MCHS Seniors Finalists in Natl Merit® Scholarships
By WestKyStar & MCHS Staff
PADUCAH, KY - McCracken County High School seniors, Zach Althouse, Barton Christmas, and Dustyn Hofer were named National Merit Scholarship Finalists.
About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one 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.
To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and his or her high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record through- out high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.
Zach Althouse is a member of the Mustang Varsity Soccer team, the Mustang Varsity Tennis team, Academic team, Future Business Leaders of America and the National Honor Society. He is a 2016 Governor’s Scholar Alumnus and an AP Scholar with Distinction. He is a graduate of the 2015-2016 Youth L.E.A.D program and an Eagle Scout. His parents are Lori and David Althouse.
Barton Christmas is a member of the Beta Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Future Problem Solving team, National Honor Society, Physics Club and vice president of the Student Government. He is a 2016 Governor’s Scholar Alumnus and a 2015 Governor's School for Entrepreneurs Alumnus. Barton is also the governor of the Kentucky Youth Assembly as well as an AP Scholar with Distinction. His parents are Steve and Robin Christmas.
Dustyn Hofer is a member of the Academic team, Future Business Leaders of America, World Language Club, Beta Club, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Environmental Club and SkillsUSA. He is an AP Scholar with Distinction. He is the son of Pam Hofer and Dale Hofer Jr.