2010 National Merit Scholarship
CHS senior earns a National Merit Scholarship
Posted on 05/05/2010
Luke Weeks, a senior at Coosa High School, has been selected to receive a National Merit $2,500 Scholarship. Luke and approximately 15,000 other scholastically talented high school seniors selected as National Merit Finalists were eligible for some 8,200 Merit Scholarship awards.

Luke Weeks is a highly decorated senior at Coosa. He was selected the 2010 Floyd County Schools STAR Student, achieved the highest score in the Floyd County Academic Decathlon competition for the last four years, was captain of the Coosa academic decathlon team, editor-in-chief of the Coosa High literary magazine, member of the National Honor Society and a member of the CHS tennis team. 

All winners of Merit Scholarship® awards (Merit Scholar® designees) are chosen from the Finalist group, based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments–without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference. A variety of information is available for selectors to evaluate–the Finalist's academic record, information about the school's curricula and grading system, two sets of test scores, school official's written recommendation, information about the student's activities and leadership, and the Finalist's own essay.

More than 1.5 million juniors in nearly 21,000 U.S. high schools entered the 2010 National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. 

To become a Finalist, a Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout the high school years, be endorsed and recommended by the school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student's earlier qualifying test performance. The student must also submit a self-descriptive essay and information about participation and leadership in school and community activities. 

National Merit Scholarship Corporation is a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was founded in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program.