WeBo's Wall named National Merit finalist
Mar 02, 2013 (The Lebanon Reporter - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Western Boone senior Zack Wall has been named a National Merit finalist, the highest level that students can reach in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
Wall's English composition teacher, Brooke Walden, said Wall is artistic, witty, analytical and has impeccable work ethic and integrity.
"Zack is one of the brightest students I have ever had, yet he is humble," she said. "His peers look to him for advice on schoolwork and help in all areas. I cannot stress just how bright Zack is. He amazes me each day."
Spanish teacher Jennifer Brunty agreed that Wall's work is always impeccable, and added that he often turns in more than what was originally asked. He impresses her with his ability to take material learned in class and make it come to life through his writings and speeches.
"Zack is one of the kindest, most thoughtful individuals I have even had in the classroom," Brunty said. "He is a true joy to have in class as he is always upbeat and positive. He is a pillar of character in a time where strong morals and values are sometimes hard to hold onto."
Wall is involved in the National Honor Society, the National Art Honor Society, track and field, and the Foreign Interest Club. He plans to major in film studies with aspirations to go into film directing as a career. He has narrowed his choice of college down to Northwestern University, the University of Michigan or the University of Pittsburgh.
"My accomplishment is due in part to the awesome teachers and staff at Western Boone and the opportunities I have had here to explore my future and develop my goals," he said.
Each year, more than 1.5 million students from 22,000 high schools enter the scholarship program. Semi-finalists are selected by their PSAT test scores their junior year. About 50,000 students, or the top 3.3 percent, are recognized as scholars. From those 50,000, about 16,000, or the top one percent, are selected as semi-finalists, and about 15,000 are chosen as finalists.
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