Thacker a semifinalist for National Merit Scholar
by Ralph B. Davis
BETSY LAYNE — A Floyd County student is one of 13 Kentucky students named semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship.
Ethan M. Thacker, a senior at Betsy Layne High School, received notification of his status in the prestigious competition this morning.
Overall, 16,000 students have been named semifinalists. Ninety percent of those will go on to become finalists, and more than half will ultimately earn the prize. About 1.5 million students across the country entered the competition.
The National Merit Scholarship will provide more than $32 million in scholarships to 8,030 students this year.
To qualify as a semifinalist, Thacker was required to take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The semifinalists, representing about 1 percent of those applying, are the highest scoring applicants in their states.
The announcement is not the first time Thacker has earned academic distinction. This past summer, he was named to the Governors Scholars Program. He has also earned awards as a member of the school’s academic team and and won a spot in the state National History Day competition.
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