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Two Morris students are National Merit semifinalists

Lines, Terhall earn honor based on test scores

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
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Luke Terhall, left, and Trevor Lines, both seniors at Morris Community High School, have been named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition.

Two Morris Community High School students are semifinalists in the prestigious National Merit Scholarship competition.

Trevor Lines and Luke Terhall are eligible to continue in the competition for more than 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 million that will be offered next spring.

About 1.5 million juniors entered the competition by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test.

To become a finalist, each semifinalist must submit an application that includes academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment and awards received.

A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s performance on the qualifying test.

Lines’ intended major is business or psychology, while Terhall plans on studying computer science engineering.

In the last ten years, MCHS has had 16 students recognized by the National Merit Scholarship competition, with three honored as finalists and 13 earning Commended status.

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