Fort Smith Students Named National Merit Scholarship Finalists

Photo courtesy of the Fort Smith Public School District.

Photo courtesy of the Fort Smith Public School District.

Seven students form the Fort Smith Public School District have been named National Merit Scholarship Finalists, according to a news release put out by Katy Valdez, communication specialist for the Fort Smith Public School District.

They’re eligible to receive a national merit $2500 scholarship, a corporate-sponsored merit scholarship award, or a college sponsored merit scholarship award in the next several months.

All seven of the students who were chosen as National Merit Semi-Finalists were selected to be finalists this week.

“The selection process is based on each student’s academic record, information about the school’s grading system, two sets of test scores, a written recommendation from the student’s high school, extra-curricular involvement, and an essay written by the finalist,” the news release stated.

The seven students are:

Daniel Daniel Bushkuhl-Northside High School, is the son of David and Collette Bushkuhl. He will attend Hendrix University and has not yet decided on a major.

Brianna Brianna Gant-Southside High School, is undecided on where she will attend college, but will major in Business Administration and English.  She is the daughter of Christopher and Kimberly Gant.

Arman Arman Hemmati-Southside High School, is the son of Ignacio and Jill Guerra. Arman plans to major in Mathematics or Science, but is undecided on where he will attend college.

Kameron Kameron Morton-Northside High School will attend Hendrix University and will pursue degrees in Theatre and Creative Writing. Kameron is the daughter of J. Lavon Morton and Dr. Brenda Yelvington.

Field Field Watts-Southside High School, will major in Chemistry and has not yet decided on a university. He is the son of Monty and Mary Ann Watts.

Max Max Weidman-Southside High School, will major in Biomedical Science at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Max is the son of Shaun and Melody Weidman.

Dylan Dylan Wright-Southside High School, is the son of Kent and Kara Wright. He will be a pre-med student at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, majoring in Chemistry.

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