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Munford senior Abigail Bell achieves nationwide academic honor for 2015

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Abigail Bell

Abigail Bell

Dr. Courtney Fee, Principal at Munford High School, is pleased to announce that Abigail Bell, senior, has been named National Merit Semifinalist in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.
The nationwide pool of 16,000 Semifinalists represents less than one percent of all U.S. high school seniors, and includes the highest-scoring entrants on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).  While the PSAT serves as an initial screener of scholarship applicants, a Semifinalist must also have an outstanding academic record throughout 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.
According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, Bell was chosen based on her qualifying test scores, her academic record throughout high school, her participation in school and community activities, her demonstrated leadership abilities, and her honors and awards received.
Bell will now move to the next level of consideration, the Finalist level, for Merit Scholar distinction.  She, along with the other Semifinalists, will now be evaluated based on their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference, for the next level of recognition.
Bell’s experiences include participation in Vanderbilt’s Summer Academy, Volunteer Girls State, Tennessee’s Governor’s School for Emerging Technologies, and the TOTAL Youth Leadership Program.  She is also an active member and leader in several Career-Technical organizations, including Health Occupations Students of America, and Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America.   Abigail is also involved with a wide range of service projects.  “I am extremely honored and grateful for this amazing recognition.  I am also excited to see what doors may be opened because of it.” Abigail is still undecided on which college to attend.
Finalists for the National Merit Scholarships will be named in February.

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