Kristen Griggs one of two FHS students on list

Kristen Griggs poses in the new science wing of Frenship High School.

Kristen Griggs was recently named one of two National Merit Scholarship finalists from Frenship High School.

Kristen, who found out two weeks ago that she had been named as a finalist, said, “The fact that I made it was really great.”

Like many other seniors, though, she is now counting the days until graduation after a stressful fall filled with college applications.

She is hoping to attend Georgetown University or George Washington University, both in Washington, D.C.

“I want to do computer security and computer forensics,” Kristen said. Starting in Washington could help her get a foot in the door to those fields, she said.

Before her junior year, Kristen said she met a woman who does computer forensics in Dallas and learned about the career.

“I think it’d be a really cool career,” she said.

Beyond that, she’s also excited about living in a major metropolitan area.

“I really like the history there. You have the museums and the monuments of the city. I like the more urban stuff, like riding the metro and walking downtown. I think it’s fun,” Kristen said.

Kristen said she hopes to find out in March if she has been admitted to either university.

She gives some of the credit for her high Preliminary SAT scores, through which National Merit Scholarship semifinalists are chosen, to a new program the Frenship Independent School District offers.

“The school did a program, it’s called Superintendent’s Select,” Kristen said. The group met once a week for an hour to an hour and a half.

“That really helped me in terms of the math, because that’s the subject I struggled with the most,” Kristen said. The week before the test, she took practice tests online and in a book.

Because the program was really new, she only took part in it for a semester.

“I think it helped,” Kristen said.

As a student at FHS, Kristen has been active in the band as a percussionist and in the Business Professionals of America, or BPA. For the past two years, she has been president of the BPA chapter at FHS, and she will be competing at the state level in legal office procedures.

“It’s a small group, so it’s very close, very fun. We get to know each other really well on the trip,” Kristen said of BPA.

Kristen is the daughter of John and Joni Griggs.

Joni Griggs said she and her husband are proud of Kristen’s accomplishments because she works hard in school and is self-motivated. Joni said her daughter might now be able to attend colleges she would not have been able to attend otherwise.

“We feel very fortunate that she is in the Frenship school district. She got a great education and all her teachers have just been wonderful,” Joni Griggs said.

Kristen’s band director, Tom SoRelle, said she is an outstanding percussionist, having won several awards, including membership in the All-Region band.

“She’s a very hard worker, very dependable, very responsible. She’s all-around a great kiddo, great student, great band member,” SoRelle said.

National Merit Scholar finalists will begin finding out whether they have received a scholarship in April, but some will not find out until June.

Look for an article about Bailey Brashears in a future edition of Frenship Today. Brashears is the other National Merit Scholarship finalist from FHS.

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