The Norman Transcript

Headlines

September 20, 2013

Norman school district posts 14 National Merit semifinalists

NORMAN — This past week, National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced 2014 semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Among approximately 16,000 semifinalists, Norman Public Schools posted 14 semifinalists — the second highest number of semifinalists in an Oklahoma school district. Edmond school district announced 18 semifinalists; however, that school district exceeds NPS by approximately 7,000 students.

Eight of the semifinalists are seniors at Norman High School: Carolyn Hewes, Russell Hobson, Kenneth McCann, Reed Shafer-Ray, Joseph Sullivan, Nathan Thompson, Stephen Thung and Gehrig Thurston. Six of the semifinalists are seniors at Norman North: Madison Allen, William Long, Ohvia Muraleetharan, Lucas Schuermann, Zachary Schuermann and Spencer Yue.

To qualify as a National Merit semifinalist, each student had to take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying assessment as a junior. Their scores were among the highest and represent those of less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors.

Nathan Thompson, from Norman High, said that he was excited when he found out he was a semifinalist, but that it was short lived.

“I am nervous about applying for the finalist round,” Thompson said. “I have to fill out an application and write an essay ... and then wait until the spring to learn if I’ve qualified for the last round.”

Each semifinalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit $2,500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state representational basis; about 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarships awards provided by corporations and business organizations for finalists who meet specified criteria; and some 4,500 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for finalists who attend a sponsor institution.

Thompson credits his academic training at NPS as well as his mother and experience in debate team to his success of becoming a National Merit semifinalist.

“Norman Public Schools is a good environment partially because it’s in a good town. I feel I was reasonably prepared (for the National Merit Scholarship competition),” Thompson said. “Also, my mother, Daphne Thompson, was a semifinalist, so as my academic career developed, it was just expected I would try for a scholarship.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Headlines
  • Human Rights Artist, activist-in-residence uses art to enlighten society

    La Puerta del Mileno, the Millennium Door, attempts to beckon travelers into the city walls of Ciudad Juarez, but the steel beams are abruptly interrupted as they reach for the sky by the eye of a child who sees the underlying message: the ...

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Oklahoma Water Resources Board grants Norman low-interest loan for facility upgrade

    Norman has been authorized for a $50.3 million loan from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board to fund Phase 2 of the Norman Water Reclamation Facility upgrade. “It’s the single largest loan OWRB has made,” Norman Mayor Cindy Rosenthal said. ...

    April 17, 2014

  • Oklahoma’s superintendent attracts opponents

    OKLAHOMA CITY — The field of candidates running for state school superintendent is unusually large — a sign of broad interest in what observers say is sure to be a referendum on the incumbent, Dr. Janet Barresi....

    April 17, 2014

  • Women leaders announced

    The Norman Chamber announced the nominees for the 2014 Women’s Leadership Award, which honors female leaders who actively inspire other women to achieve their full potential.  Past recipients of this honor, formerly known as the ATHENA ...

    April 17, 2014

  • Organizers confident of safe race

    BOSTON — The arrest of a man with a rice cooker in his backpack near the Boston Marathon finish line led police to step up patrols Wednesday, while organizers sought to assure the city and runners of a safe race next week....

    April 17, 2014

  • Ducks Unlimited night set

    Cleveland County’s chapter of Ducks Unlimited will host its annual “Sportsman Night” at 6 p.m. April 25 at the Optimist Club Gym in Norman....

    April 17, 2014

  • Record number of NPS students selected for Duke program

    A record number of Norman Public Schools seventh-graders have been selected for Duke University’s Talent Identification Search for State and National Recognition. Fifty-one students were identified via a competitive testing process for ...

    April 17, 2014

  • Fed says no to business help

    LEXINGTON — The federal government has turned down the state’s request for an economic injury declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration following the Jan. 31 closure of the Lexington-Purcell bridge over the Canadian River....

    April 17, 2014

  • History group to host local book signing event

    Mae Davenport Cox will sign copies of “Red Dirt, River and Rails: Early-Day Settlers to Southern Cleveland County” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Lexington Senior Citizen Center during ‘89er Day festivities....

    April 17, 2014

  • OU Staff Week to include daily activities

    The University of Oklahoma Norman campus Staff Week, set April 21-25, will feature many activities. The theme is “OU Staff: The Real Superheroes.” Donations of canned food for Food and Shelter may be brought to all activities except the ...

    April 17, 2014

Video
Facebook