BHS student earns academic honor
This year Baldwin High School has a new National Merit scholarship finalist. Senior Kendra Knight was chosen for this special award. Knight will be receiving a full tuition scholarship from the University of Kansas, including a $500 per year stipend in the name of W. Harold Otto.
"It is an exciting honor which makes evident the rewards of a strenuous academic agenda. The hard work has really paid off," said Knight.
The National Merit finalist award is an award that applies to juniors. In order to qualify, students must: as a junior take the ACT test and meet the score index cut-off point. Knight did that and was named a National Merit Finalist. She the had to write an essay and it was sent to a scholarship corporation. She also had to take the SAT to prove that the score on her PSAT was accurate.
In February the results came back. At that time she was able to choose her top choice of college and Knight chose the University of Kansas. The winners are rewarded with a sum of money towards a scholarship.
"We have had four National Merit finalists in the last two years. Last year the three finalists who have since now graduated were Dayvid Prahl, Laini Broers and Karl Johnson and this year Kendra Knight. We went about 10 years without any finalist and now we have four currently," said BHS counselor Carl Brooks.