1/29/14 National Merit Scholarship Program News

National Merit Scholarship Program News
The Times-News 1/29/14  
Reprinted with permission.

WESTERN HIGH SCHOOL senior Kendall Wiggins is a National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalist. Students enter the competition with their Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test. There are about 1.5 million entrants each year. Wiggins is among the top 16,000 students in the country, ABSS spokeswoman Jenny Faulkner said.

   Wiggins has been accepted at N.C. State University, Clemson University and the University of Alabama, and is waiting to hear from Duke and Yale.

   Alex Mebane, of Williams High School, and Allyson Patterson, of Southern High School, are National Merit Commended students, meaning they were among about 34,000 students nationally to receive letters of commendation for their academic promise, according to the National Merit website.

   Mebane has applied to UNC Chapel Hill, the University of Virginia and UNC Wilmington.

   Patterson said, “I have no idea because Hogwarts does not accept FAFSA.”

   FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Hogwarts is the fictional wizard school from the Harry Potter series, which may not even have a post-secondary program.