Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Kaleb Morgan, a senior at Edmonson County High School, has recently been selected as a National Merit Semifinalist.
The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955, according to the NMSC. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT)—which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.
According to the NMSC, about 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, are notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists in September each year. To ensure that academically talented young people from all parts of the United States are included in this talent pool, Semifinalists are designated on a state-representational basis. They are the highest scoring entrants in each state. NMSC provides scholarship application materials to Semifinalists through their high schools. To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, Semifinalists must advance to Finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and all other requirements explained in the information provided to each Semifinalist.
Kaleb is the only student at ECHS to receive this honor and falls into the top 1% of participants of the test.
He is the son of Joseph and Amanda Morgan of Chalybeate.