Local Student Anthony Hengst Named a Finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program

Published Friday, March 18, 2016 at 10:49 am

High school senior Anthony Hengst was among 15,000 students nationally to be named as finalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship program.

Anthony Hengst

Anthony Hengst

More than 1.5 million students of the class of 2016 entered the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Anthony Hengst

Hengst was named a semi-finalist in September and has met all the requirements to advance to finalist standing in the competition for Merit Scholarship awards, which will be announced later this spring.

Hengst was selected as a finalist based on his PSAT scores and other factors, including ACT/SAT scores, a student essay, a school recommendation and having an outstanding academic record throughout high school.

NMSC finalists represent less than one perfect of the nation’s high school seniors and compete for approximately 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth around $35 million to be offered this spring.

Hengst is a home-educated student who has been accepted to the University of North Carolina, Duke, Georgia Tech and Appalachian State. The oldest of six children, he enjoys playing piano, game development, petting his cat, ethnic cooking, playing Ultimate Frisbee and reading voraciously. He plans to major in theoretical math and Korean, possibly becoming a professor to s hare his love of learning.

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