Three Northwest ISD students named National Merit Finalists
All three of Northwest ISD’s students who were named National Merit Semifinalists earlier this school year have advanced to the next status in the prestigious academic program, earning National Merit Finalist status. This marks the second consecutive year three district students have earned the honor.
Byron Nelson High School’s Sarah Cornerstone and Hannah Stauss, and Eaton High School’s Grant Westfall are now National Merit Finalists, after having previously been named National Merit Semifinalists. By making the cut to the finalist level, the trio is among an elite group of 15,000 academic achievers from across the nation who were first chosen by their exemplary PSAT or National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test scores.
The scores place the group among the top 1 percent of PSAT test-takers, and their advancement to National Merit Finalist means they also submitted strong applications that included their academic transcripts, SAT scores, school activities and personal essays.
Dr. Logan Faris, Northwest ISD executive director of secondary education, said the three district students are exemplars of their commitment to academic excellence.
“Earning National Merit Finalist distinction is an exceptionally rare accomplishment, and any student earning this distinction clearly has a commitment to academics that is worthy of admiration,” he said. “I know our Byron Nelson, Eaton and Northwest ISD communities are all extremely proud of Sarah, Hannah and Grant’s accomplishment.”
All three of Northwest ISD’s 2019 National Merit Finalists plan to advance their academic careers further by attending college next year. Sarah said she plans to study biomedical engineering, Hannah said she plans to study musical theatre, and Grant said he plans to study physics.
As National Merit Finalists, Sarah, Hannah and Grant will now each be considered for $2,500 scholarships. The National Merit Scholarship Foundation will inform scholarship recipients from March to June.