Mulcahy named National Merit Scholar

The National Merit Scholarship Corp. announced Tuesday that Frenship High School senior Maggie Mulcahy was on a list of more than 2,500 high school students to win a $2,500 scholarship, given for academic excellence.

With the scholarship comes the prestigious title of Merit Scholar, a designation for about 8,200 finalists.

The national competition started in 2006 when more than 1.4 million juniors took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The highest-scoring test takers were named semifinalists, including 16 high school students in Lubbock Independent School District and three at Frenship High. Only 16,000 semifinalists had the chance to continue in the competition, according to the corporation.

To become a finalist, students are evaluated on their academic records, an essay, extracurricular activities and a recommendation written by a school official.

Mulcahy credited her teachers for inspiring her to do well enough to achieve the award.

“They are really happy to be teaching,” she said. “You get to see why they like the subject they teach.”

She plans to major in computer science at the University of Southern California and is interested in possibly working in the video game industry.

The corporation plans to make an announcement about more scholarship awards July 14.

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