McCracken Students: National Merit Semifinalists
By WestKyStar & McCracken County Schools Staff
PADUCAH - Two McCracken County High School seniors have been named semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit® Scholarship Program
Lillian Swanz and Katelyn Woodard will continue to compete for $31 million in National Merit Scholarships to be awarded in spring 2019.
Swanz is a member of the Mustangs Soccer Team, National Honor Society, HOSA- Future Health Professionals, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She is an AP Scholar of Distinction and a Governor’s Scholar. Her parents are Jane Wells and Peter Swanz.
Woodard is a member of the MCHS Academic Team, Future Problem Solving Team, Future Business Leaders of America, BETA Club, National Honor Society, and Student Government. She is an AP Scholar of Distinction and a Governor’s Scholar. Her parents are Jennifer and Darrell Woodard.
More than 1.6 million students nationwide entered the Merit Program as juniors by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. High scorers were designated Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of all U.S. high school seniors, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corp. In total, just over 16,000 academically talented seniors qualified nationwide.
National Merit Semifinalists will advance to the Finalist level upon completion of additional requirements. They must maintain an outstanding academic record throughout their senior year, be endorsed and recommended by their principal, submit SAT scores that confirm their earlier qualifying test, and complete a scholarship application detailing their leadership and community activities.

Published 12:19 PM, Sunday Sep. 23, 2018
Updated 09:43 PM, Sunday Sep. 23, 2018

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