33 Amazing LRSD Seniors Receive National Recognition

The Little Rock School District is proud to announce the names of 30 seniors who have received fall academic honors. These scholastically talented students, recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, deserve praise for their lifelong commitment to academic excellence.

Join us in congratulating the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists:
Little Rock Central High School
Walter E. Bass
Mackenzie M. Bodie
James N. Burrow
Kiran Chakka
Ankita Das
Jessica L. Haley
Alena D. Higgins
James. D. Hill
Nathanael Y. Ji
Farhan Kawsar
Allison D. Light
Melinda Lue
William E. Nicholson
Jacob D. Oldham
Esther C. Park
Ayesha R. Patel
Kaitlyn E. Perreault
Will P. Richardson
Ayush Saraswat
Danyai Smani
Alden K. Walters
Yuxiu Wang
Evan T. Yi
Alexander Zhang

Parkview Arts and Science Magnet High School
Leila G. Keer
Yongrak Kim
Deborah J. Rookey
William B. Stewart

Congratulations are also in order for the 2014 National Achievement Semifinalists just named this week from Little Rock Central High School: Jessica L. Haley and Errick M. Jackson. Plus, National Merit Commended Scholars are Audrey S. Bauman and Natalie M. Doris, both from Central.

We would also like to congratulate our National Hispanic Scholar for 2014 from Central: Stephanie Menhart.

Plus, Evan Yi of Central also won the National Council of Teachers English Award in writing.

Steps in the 2014 Competition

The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and their high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.

From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation.