Fell named National Merit Scholarship semifinalist

It was a surprise to Kenzie Fell that she was named a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist earlier this fall.

Asked about her grades, the senior said they are “alright.” Pushed a bit, she said she currently has all As, and has had, in the past, the occasional B.

One of her favorite classes at Frenship High School has been physics, although she said, “I was really bad at it.”

Fell is modest about her academic achievements, noting that she didn’t believe she even did that well on the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, also know as the Preliminary SAT.

But to be a National Merit Scholar semifinalist is no easy feat. 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.

Although the initial step is taking the test, typically recommended for sophomores and juniors each year, the semifinalists must also turn in an application and write an essay.

According to Fell, her essay was about a paragraph in length. Now, she prefers not to think about the application or the possibility of scholarship money.

Courtney Ferguson, the National Honor Society sponsor at FHS, said Fell takes care of business and is proactive, and was very active in helping with a recycling project at FHS last year.

“She’s always been very responsible,” said Ferguson.

Next year, she hopes to attend college at either Texas State University in San Marcos or at Angelo State University.

“They (San Angelo and San Marcos) both have really good faithful churches nearby,” said Fell of the merits of her two choices.

Fell said she is interested in pursuing a medical career, possibly as an occupational therapist.

In the meantime, she said she is involved in National Honor Society and plays French horn in the Frenship High School band. Away from school, she can often be found working at Barnes and Noble in the mall or at her church, Southside Church of Christ, where she occcasionally teaches young children.

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