• Cydney Thompson, Northeast Arkansas News

Local Student a semifinalist for National Merit Scholarship Corporation

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has announced about 16000 semi-finalists in the annual scholarship competition.

Kiri McMann is a multi-gifted student who recently found out she was a semifinalist for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and she only 15 years old.

The local homeschool student from Pocahontas, has been taken most of her classes at Williams Baptist University through dual enrollment.

She has been doing this since she was 11 when she attended Imboden Area Charter School.

“Now that I’ve been taking classes for several years, I’ve become very accustom to it and accustomed to just how they’re structured in the course load,” semifinalist, Kiri McMann said.

The national merit scholarship program is an academic competition to recognize and give scholarships that begin in 1955.

To first become semifinalist which leads to a finalist, you have to complete an application, have taken the PSAT, and planning to enroll full time in college.

Right now, she is not sure what she want to major in but considering English and music.

She says she was excited to find out she was a semifinalist because of all the opportunities now available and thankful to Imboden Area Charter School and Williams Baptist university.

“It’ll give me a lot of opportunities with regard to the colleges I apply to and scholarships. So, I am very happy because I didn’t know for sure whether I would get it or not and it feels good to know that I have all the options that it’s provided for me,” McMann said.

Most will go on to be finalists and about half will qualify for a variety of scholarships offered in the program.

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