Two Columbia area high school seniors have been named finalists in the 50th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
Home-school student Carmen Pettus and Hickman High School student Suzanne Wetz are two of about 8,200 Merit Scholars that will be selected nationwide in the 2005 contest.
The high school seniors were selected as semi-finalists last fall after receiving qualifying scores on the 2003 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship.
Carmen said being named a National Merit finalist scholarship recipient has been on her mind since she took the qualifying test.
After she was named a semi-finalist, Carmen and the other students had to submit their academic records and a letter of recommendation.
Semifinalists then had to confirm their qualifying test scores by taking a second test and writing an essay about their interests, activities and aspirations for the National Merit Scholarship Corp.
Carmen, who is undecided on where she will attend school in the fall, received her scholarship from Ameren Corp. Depending on where she goes to school, she plans on majoring in economics or political science and then attending law school.
After being chosen as a semifinalist, Suzanne said she plans on studying biology. She was granted her scholarship from 3M Corp. She could not be reached for this article.