FHS student wins National Merit honor

A Frenship High School student has earned a college-sponsored National Merit Scholarship.

Morgan Ross, a Frenship senior, plans to major in computer science with an emphasis on artificial intelligence at the University of Texas at Austin.

“To be honest, not only do I need the money, I was very excited by the prestige that the award gives,” said Ross.

The awards provide recipients between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.

Another group of scholars will be announced in July and will bring college-sponsored Merit Scholarship recipients in the 2008 competition to about 4,600, according to a National Merit Scholarship Corp. news release that was made public today.

More than 1.4 million juniors entered the 2008 National Merit Scholarship competition when they took the 2006 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The test served as an initial screening of program entrants. Last fall, about 16,000 semifinalists were named and were the highest scoring program entrants in each state.

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