Four Lee’s Summit R-7 School District seniors were recently named National Merit Scholarship Corporation finalists through the national program. Students recognized are Alexis Lowe, Lee’s Summit High School; Quint Doan and Matt Magerkurth, Lee’s Summit North High School; and Brittany James, Lee’s Summit West High School.
The students were named National Merit Scholarship Corporation semifinalists last fall.
Recognized students have the opportunity to continue in the competition for approximately 8,200 National Merit Scholarship Awards, worth close to $33 million, to be offered this spring. There are approximately 15,000 finalists throughout the United States.
Alexis Lowe is the daughter of Amy Lowe-Smith and Chad Alley. At Lee’s Summit High School, Alexis participates in National Honor Society, Tigerette dance team, math team, La Société Honoraire Française and is an International Baccalaureate Diploma candidate.
Quint Doan is the son of Laura and Kirk Doan. At Lee’s Summit North High School, Quint participates in cross country, track, National Spanish Honor Society and is an International Baccalaureate Diploma candidate.
Matt Magerkurth is the son of Marilee and Fred Magerkurth. At Lee’s Summit North, Matt participates in symphony orchestra, concert choir, chamber choir, jazz band, marching band, school musicals and National Honor Society. He has been a member of the district and state orchestras.
Brittany James is the daughter of Stacy and Jeff James. At Lee’s Summit West High School, Brittany participates in National Honor Society, debate team, freshman mentoring program, student senate and the A+ Program.
Founded in 1955 to conduct the annual Merit Scholarship competition, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation is a privately financed, not-for-profit corporation that operates without government assistance. Scholarships awarded through the program are underwritten by nearly 500 independent sponsor organizations and institutions as well as with the corporation’s own funds.
Nearly 1.5 million students throughout the United States entered the 2013 Merit Program as juniors by taking the preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which serves as an initial screen of program entrants.