Fell is Frenship’s National Merit Finalist

Kenzie Fell is not an easy interview.

Her computer maintenance teacher, Angel Boyles, hit upon the reason why in short order.

“She’s so humble about everything. You’ve got to drag it out of her,” said Boyles. “But she’s always gracious when you say something to her.”

Fell is Frenship High School’s only National Merit Scholar finalist this year. Students are chosen for the honor after taking the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, also know as the Preliminary SAT.

According to the National Merit Scholarship Corp. website (www.nationalmerit.org), there are 1.5 million test takers each year. Only 50,000 qualify for recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program. About 16,000 students qualify as semifinalists.
Boyles described Fell as a fantastic student.

“She always comes to class prepared and ready to work and with a smile on her face. She’s always willing to help other students, and I couldn’t ask for a better student than Kenzie,” said Boyles. “I can’t say what a pleasure it’s been to have her as a student this year.”

Since last fall, when Fell was still waiting to find out if she would be one of the finalists, Fell’s plans for college have changed. She will be attending Texas Tech, where she hopes to study occupational therapy or nursing.

“They’ve offered me lots of money,” she said.

During her time at Tech, she hopes to also study abroad in Spain or New Zealand.

While at FHS, she was involved in National Honor Society and played French horn in the Tiger Band.

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