Now, Clinton High School senior Clark Hensley has been named a National Merit Semifinalist. This designation comes from high scores on the PSAT as a junior, and Clark is eligible to become a National Merit Finalist in the spring.
“The process of selecting National Merit students is a very rigorous one and only the top students nationwide are chosen,” said CHS Principal Brett Robinson.
Clark isn’t sure where he wants to go to college but he has started applying to different programs. He plans to pursue a career in engineering or computer science.
“My parents were very excited but not particularly surprised” about his ACT score and National Merit designation, he said.
To prepare for the ACT he participated in the Humanities program at CHS and did readings and reviews on his own.
To advance to the finalist level, National Merit semifinalists must present a record of high academic performance throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by their high school principal, write an essay and earn SAT scores that confirm their PSAT performance. From the approximately 16,000 semifinalists nationwide, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the finalist level.
Scholarship winners are selected from this group of finalists.
“We are very proud of Clark,” said Dr. Tim Martin, superintendent of schools. “This designation speaks well of him and his family, and the entire Clinton community.”